Media Release – COUNCIL OUTLINES FLOOD MITIGATION INITIATIVES AHEAD OF ANNIVERSARY

 To coincide with the approaching second anniversary of Bundaberg’s biggest recorded flood event in history, the Bundaberg Regional Council is outlining current and future projects to assist recovery and provide greater resilience against future events.

Approximately $17.2 million through State, Federal and Council financial contributions has so far been committed to flood mitigation and restoration works in the Bundaberg area.

Mayor Mal Forman says the funding will ensure improvements to flood evacuation routes along sections of the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road (locally known as Mount Perry Road) and Fairymead Road.

“The construction of evacuations routes to ensure the safety of our residents has been a priority for Council in its flood mitigation strategy.

“The cost of the project to raise Mount Perry Road between Walters Street and the North School Hill roundabout is $8.7 million. We’ve secured $7.7 million in federal and state funding for this project and the Council has contributed $1 million,” Mayor Forman said.

“Detailed design work for the Mount Perry Road evacuation route has been done and community consultation undertaken with construction expected to start in early February.”

“The Fairymead Road evacuation route will also be constructed this year and we have constructed a flood levee at Technology Park to keep the Mount Perry Road evacuation route open in a flood event similar to that in 2013.”

Late last year Council finalised work on an evacuation route around McCoys Creek by undertaking a $1.4 million upgrade to Bartholdt Drive which will assist residents in the Branyan area.

The Council is also requesting more than $100 million for flood mitigation from the Queensland Government to assist with the continued implementation of the Burnett River Floodplain Action Plan, identified by the Community Reference Group.

“One of the projects still outstanding from the Action Plan involves engineering design and dredging of Millaquin Bend to reduce the flood levels on both the north and south side of the Burnett River. This stage is estimated to cost more than $30 million and would remove about 430 properties from ‘above floor’ flooding in a flood event similar to that in 2013,” Mayor Forman said.

“The other project involves engineering design and construction of an east levee and floodgate, estimated to cost more than $70 million. This work would remove about 920 houses and businesses completely from any flooding in an event similar to that in 2013.

In the past two years, Council has been focused on restoring the essential community services, with the priority on rebuilding infrastructure such as sewerage, water, roads, drainage, parks and community facilities.

ENDS

 

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