Yeppoon gets flash-flood protection boost

Livingstone Shire mayor Bill Ludwig, Livingstone Shire Councillor Graham Scott, Queensland Community and Recovery Minister David Crisafulli, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and State member for Keppel Brice Young in Yeppoon.
Livingstone Shire mayor Bill Ludwig, Livingstone Shire Councillor Graham Scott, Queensland Community and Recovery Minister David Crisafulli, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and State member for Keppel Brice Young in Yeppoon. Rokayeppoon

THE LIVINGSTONE Shire Council has received $1.3 million to better protect homes and businesses in Yeppoon's CBD from flashflooding.

The funds, provided through the State and Federal governments' Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will be used to improve stormwater drainage systems.

Making the funding announcement yesterday, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said flash flooding struck the town's heart in March.

Water from Fig Tree, Yeppoon and Ross Creek catchments swamped many homes and businesses, causing landslips and widespread road closures.

"These are sensible projects that will deliver big results for locals during the next deluge," he said.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, who lives on the Capricorn Coast, said the funding would match a contribution from the council.

"Events like the flash flooding we saw this year have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and households," she said.

Works will include:

Removing the Arthur and Queen St roundabout to boost water flow capacity

Re-grading and lowering the intersection at Queen and Barry Sts to direct water towards Fig Tree Creek

Re-grading and lowering parts of the James and Hill Sts intersection

Installing a new culvert and roadway channel with greater water capacity along Cordingley St to direct water away from the Tanby Rd industrial area

Topics:  flash flood, livingstone shire council, yeppoon

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