North Burnett Regional Council has secured more than $700 000 in federal Betterment funding to upgrade Gayndah Mundubbera Road and Sunday Creek Road.
Acting Minister for Justice Peter Dutton and Queensland Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure Glenn Butcher announced the funding for the two essential roads under the joint Commonwealth-State 2015 Betterment Fund.
Minister Dutton said the $20 million Betterment Fund was established in response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia and is provided under Category D of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
“Gayndah Mundubbera Road and Sunday Creek Road are both essential freight and transport links in North Burnett, and both have creek crossings that are vulnerable to flood damage,” Mr Dutton said.
“Damage to any one section of either road has a significant impact on the entire transport network, disrupting the freight of stock and produce vital to the local economy.
“This Betterment funding will ensure both projects will be rebuilt to a stronger and more resilient standard, and is on top of the $2.2 million in Australian Government Bridges Renewal Program funding that has already been provided to North Burnett Regional Council to replace the existing Deep Creek Bridge on Gayndah Mundubbera Road with a new concrete bridge.”
Assistant Minister Butcher said the Betterment projects would reduce the impacts of inundation, allowing the roads to remain functional during and after heavy rainfall events.
“The creek crossing on Sunday Creek Road has been repeatedly impacted by flooding, cutting the road and preventing access for the community,” Mr Butcher said.
“Council’s project will install a new extended concrete floodway at a higher level with the addition of cut-off walls and rock protection to increase the floodway’s resilience.
“Betterment funding will complement these works by upgrading the approaches to the new Deep Creek Bridge on Gayndah-Mundubbera Road. In addition, the Queensland
Government has committed $2.2 million through the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund to go to the Deep Creek Bridge replacement project.”
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers said the additional funding would help increase the region’s resilience to natural disasters.
This brings the number of Betterment projects in North Burnett approved following Tropical Cyclone Marcia to 19, with total project costs estimated at more than $6 million.