FRIDAY FEBRUARY 03, 2017
Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham has recently visited Maryborough CBD to view the completed CBD flood mitigation project.
Minister Lynham spoke of the importance of the project in increasing the area’s resistance to flooding and other long-term benefits the works will have.
“Maryborough has suffered flood damage many times throughout the years, including consecutive events in 2011, 2012 and 2013 that clocked up a combined damages bill of nearly $43 million, with the most recent event affecting 64 businesses in the CBD,” Dr Lynham said.
“Construction of temporary levee walls and a portable pump station, associated drainage works and raising sections of Adelaide Street will alleviate not only the economic impact of these events, but also the stress and disruptions suffered by business operators.”
The Maryborough CBD flood resilience project will reduce the impact of flood events up to a river gauge level of 11.4 metres.
The $6.03 billion project was made possible via $4,827,676 million worth of funding by the Queensland Government as well as a further $1,206,920 million from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Dr Lynham praised the cooperation of local councils and spoke of several other projects that have been completed or are currently underway as part of the Building our Regions program.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the importance of working with councils to build resilient communities by providing funding for critical infrastructure projects that deliver economic outcomes and jobs,” Dr Lynham said.
“A driving force to do that is our $375 million Building our Regions program—with a third round recently announced.
“Councils have until Friday 24 February to apply for a share of $70 million available under Round 3.
“Three projects have been funded in and around Fraser Coast under previous rounds, including $395,000 to continue restoration and adaptive reuse of Maryborough’s historic Portside precinct, $3.36 million for a new pond sewage treatment plant in Howard, $1.4 million for water and sewerage trunk infrastructure in Nikenbah, $1.3 million for revitalising Smithfield Street in Gympie’s CBD, and $499,000 to upgrade the Cherbourg Material Recovery Facility—supporting a total of 42.4 jobs during construction.”
Dr Lynham also revealed that Councils can currently apply for the $5 million supplementary round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program targeted for remote and Indigenous communities.