Dec 04, 2019

Regional roads and services draw $15m recovery funds

Regional roads and services draw $15m recovery funds

The latest round of recovery funding for regional Queensland roads damaged by the February monsoon and floods has been announced.

Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the $14.9 million in new approvals included more than $10.8 million in Betterment funding for roads.

“In Cloncurry $9.4 million go to improving Sedan Dip Road, which was cut for weeks,” he said.

“Upgrades on the Richmond to Winton Road and Kennedy Development Road also have the go-ahead.”

Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) Cameron Dick said the latest infrastructure package also included more than $3.2 million to ensure Far North Queensland stayed open for visitors.

“A gravel section of the Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Road within Donovan’s Range will be concreted and fitted with improved drainage to provide greater accessibility for residents and visitors during the wet season,” Mr Dick said.

Passing over the Donovan and Cowie Ranges through World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Road is a huge drawcard for tourism in the region, with spectacular views, beaches, wildlife and history.

“This Betterment funding will allow Douglas Shire Council to increase the longevity of the road, giving visitors the opportunity to bask in the beauty of the region all year round.”

Other funded projects include more than $79,000 for repair works on Oak Park Road in the Etheridge Shire and Carpentaria Shire Council will receive $734,500 as part of the Water and Sewerage package to repair numerous parts of the Normanton Sewerage Treatment Plant that were damaged during the monsoon trough.

Betterment, Recreational Assets and Water and Sewerage Infrastructure submissions are part of the $242 million Category C/D Recovery Package jointly funded by Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Delivery of these projects will be rolled out until June 2021.