Funds target prevention of Yeppoon CBD flood disaster
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
YEPPOON CBD has gained a $1.3 million boost for flood protection, thanks to a joint state and federal grant to Livingstone Shire Council.
The funds were granted under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program after flash flooding occurred in March this year, causing untold damage to businesses and homes in the precinct.
Livingstone Shire Council manager of infrastructure, planning and design Phil McKone said when Mother Nature struck Yeppoon earlier this year, it enabled the council to see the areas that needed to be fixed.
"Because the flooding occurred during the day, we were able to assess exactly where the problems were and what we needed to do to rectify the situation," Mr McKone said.
"We need to do works on a number of areas to rectify the situation, as fixing just one would transfer the problems."
Queensland's Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry made the joint announcement of the funding grant last week with Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig.
Mr Crisafulli said the council would receive $1.3 million ($650,000 each from the State Government and the Commonwealth) to help improve stormwater drainage systems in the town centre.
"Flash flooding struck the town's heart in March, with water from Fig Tree, Yeppoon and Ross creek catchments swamping many homes and businesses, causing landslips and widespread road closures," Mr Crisafulli said.
"It is a great credit to all three tiers of government who worked together - that is what flood mitigation is all about."
Mr Crisafulli said Member for Keppel Bruce Young was on the phone straightaway during the floods, Cr Ludwig put a plan together and, with the backing of Federal Member Michelle Landry, together they were "visionary" to deliver for the community.
"Water rips the guts out of communities," he said.
"Governments need to have vision and forward planning. That's what this area has over other areas."
Ms Landry said the funding would match a contribution from Livingstone Council and marked an important project for the Yeppoon community.
"Because I live at Yeppoon, I know just how well this area can be impacted by natural disasters," Ms Landry said.
"Events like the flash flooding we saw this year have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and households.
"Helping the Livingstone Shire to fund this work will assist the community to be more resilient in future natural disasters.
"The Australian Government is proudly supporting the state and council with this and we are focused on boosting the resilience of the community to future events."