A further $12.5 million in funding has been allocated to help communities rebuild following the widespread damage caused by the 2019 monsoon trough in Queensland.
The new funding comes as part of the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s $242 million exceptional circumstances funding.
Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said 12 councils would share in more than $12.5 million in recovery funding to rebuild roads and infrastructure to a stronger, more resilient standard.
“The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments continue to work with impacted councils to repair and improve the resilience of damaged assets,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This round of funding includes $11.4 million in Betterment funding for regional roads across the state, to reconnect locals, businesses and visitors.
“Both levels of government will work together to ensure all impacted communities, whether they’ve battled fires, floods or cyclones, receive the recovery support they need.”
“And by investing money above the cost of repairs, we’re ensuring this rebuilt infrastructure will be able to withstand the wrath of Mother Nature well into the future.
“One of the big-ticket items is the $3.9 million construction of a new bridge at Dalkeith Road in Flinders Shire Council to replace the flood-damaged causeway.
“Additionally, more than $2.5 million will be spent stabilising and resealing sections of Normanton to Burketown Road in Carpentaria Shire Council, improving access to campsites and tourism hotspots that are vital to the economy of the region.”
Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), Cameron Dick, said the funding would provide invaluable, long-standing benefits for nearby communities.
“The exceptional circumstances funding allows roads and infrastructure to be built back stronger and more resilient to future weather events,” Mr Dick said.
“For example, Charters Towers Regional Council will receive $1.5 million to realign a section of Dotswood Road to cross over the Fanning River channel, providing a safer path for motorists during severe weather events.
“Significant investments will also be made as part of joint State and Federal Recreational Assets and Water and Sewerage funding.
“This includes rejuvenating the Wujal Wujal Sports Field, which was damaged during the monsoon trough, and repairing a rock weir in Barcoo to protect the township of Windorah.”
These projects are being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances package jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Delivery of these projects will be rolled out until June 2021.