$2 million Category D funding announced for Statue Bay
IT TOOK nine months for additional Category D funding to be announced for the restoration of Statue Bay but council is already making up the lost time.
Complex engineering design and negotiations with State and Federal Governments paid off on Friday when the funding was made available post Cyclone Marcia in February.
Statue Bay was impacted heavily when Cyclone Marcia smashed the Capricorn Coast resulting in major landslips and wild seas undermining Scenic Hwy.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said council was already taking measures to ensure works could start as soon as possible in the new year.
"The pre-Christmas announcement has allowed council to immediately award the detailed design contract to the preferred tenderer which will give us a great head-start," Cr Ludwig said.
"This additional $2 million will take the total contribution from the State and Federal Government to approx $11.7 million ensuring we can achieve the best long-term solution."
He said council had received strong support from Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.
"Council has also appreciated everyone's patience through the exhaustive process to ensure the engineering team get the long-term solution absolutely right," he said.
"These vital works will provide a safer road for commuters, cyclists and pedestrians while protecting both infrastructure and the properties above in future storm events.
"Plans are also well advanced to put in place additional measures to minimise residential traffic impacts during construction including establishment of new school bus pick-up and drop off areas.
"This has been without doubt council's most complex and costly post-cyclone engineering challenges."
How the additional $2 million will be spent
Major cliff stabilisation
Sea-wall reconstruction and strengthening
Road widening including a new pedestrian and cycle way