The junction of Hoey and Pearce Sts in East Mackay, where residents say they regularly experience flooding after heavy rain.
The junction of Hoey and Pearce Sts in East Mackay, where residents say they regularly experience flooding after heavy rain. Contributed

Flood recovery pace increased ahead of summer rains

FLOOD-recovery efforts across regional Queensland continue to be fast-tracked ahead of the looming wet season.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson told State Parliament on Wednesday the state's road system sustained about $900 million worth of damage as a result of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald which battered Queensland earlier this year.

"I am pleased to say that we are past the halfway mark in terms of construction, contracts out there or completion of projects," he said.

"That has been a great result, but there is more to be done.

"About 5000km of our state roads system was impacted by Oswald, but we are getting on with that job."

Mr Emerson made special mention of recovery works completed in and around Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

"The Don Tallon Bridge, an important link for that community, was completed quickly and well ahead of schedule in those very dark days after Oswald," he said.

"With regard to other projects like the Neerkol bridge, and other work across the state, we have got on with the completion of that work."



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