CLEANING UP: Australian Army Corporal Jaik Weston operating a chainsaw to clear and remove debris at the Kershaw Gardens after Cyclone Marcia hit the region.
CLEANING UP: Australian Army Corporal Jaik Weston operating a chainsaw to clear and remove debris at the Kershaw Gardens after Cyclone Marcia hit the region. SGT Mick Davis

$3m boost for Kershaw Gardens

THE clean-up and restoration of cyclone-damaged Kershaw Gardens received a $3 million boost yesterday after the announcement of funding under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

The money was in a $27m bundle of cyclone repair funding made possible under the special Category D component of the NDRRA.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced the funding to assist the Livingstone and Rockhampton communities under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Betterment Fund.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia caused extensive damage to Kershaw Gardens when it ripped through the region in February.

"It is estimated approximately 200 trees were uprooted which left the old landfill the gardens were built on exposed, causing environmental hazards and a danger to public health," Ms Trad said.

"The Rockhampton Regional Council has already spent more than $1 million on vegetation clearing and landfill testing of the gardens.

"This additional $3m will allow council to complete the remaining remediation work."

Mr Keenan said the $20m Betterment Fund was established under Category D in response to Cyclone Marcia.

He said Livingstone Regional Council secured $2m and the RRC $4.9m to upgrade cyclone damaged assets, such as the Scenic Hwy and Pilbeam Dr, to a stronger and more disaster resilient standard.

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said the $4.9m would provide a major boost to the council's reconstruction program, including $2m to upgrade Pilbeam Dr after significant landslips.

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said the funding would improve access and use, and help provide a permanent solution for the Scenic Hwy, which has been hit by six natural disasters since 2008.



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