More than $27 million in Category D funding for CQ
UPDATE: Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad today announced funding to upgrade vital infrastructure in the Livingstone and Rockhampton communities under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Betterment Fund.
Mr Keenan said the $20 million Betterment Fund was established in response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia and is provided under Category D of the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
"The Livingstone Regional Council has secured $2 million and the Rockhampton Regional Council $4.9 million in Betterment funding to upgrade cyclone damaged assets, such as the Scenic Highway and Pilbeam Drive, to a stronger and more disaster resilient standard," Mr Keenan said.
Minister Trad said Livingstone and Rockhampton bore the brunt of the cyclone when it hit Queensland earlier this year.
"Cyclone Marcia was devastating for Queensland and wreaked major damage right across the Livingstone and Rockhampton regions, in particular to the Scenic Highway near Yeppoon and Pilbeam Drive at Mount Archer," Ms Trad said.
"This funding will ensure Livingstone and Rockhampton Councils not only have the resources to rebuild assets which remain damaged, but will also ensure they can be upgraded to a more resilient standard to help communities withstand the impacts of any future disasters.
"The funding will be spread across six projects within the Rockhampton and Livingstone areas:
- Livingstone (one project) - Scenic Highway ($2 million), and
- Rockhampton (five projects) - Pilbeam Drive, Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, Dean Street, Capricorn Street and Elphinstone Street ($4.9 million)."
Livingstone Regional Council Mayor Bill Ludwig thanked and commended the Australian and Queensland Governments for the $2 million in funding which would improve access and use, and help provide a permanent solution for the Scenic Highway, which has been hit by six natural disasters since 2008.
"Council will reconstruct the ocean front revetment wall, stabilise the upslope cutting with rock bolts and soilnails and install a concrete containment barrier to provide adequate drainage for large volumes of water," Mr Ludwig said.
Rockhampton Regional Council Margaret Strelow said the $4.9 million in funding will provide a major boost for the Council's reconstruction program, including $2 million to upgrade Pilbeam Drive after significant landslips following the cyclone.
"Council will add drainage infrastructure at the two main land slip sites, widen shoulders of the road, upgrade the drains and stabilise the banks at 10 other landslip sites on Pilbeam Drive to minimise rock falls and new slips forming," Ms Strelow said.
"This funding will also be used to upgrade Rockhampton's Dean Street and Elphinstone Streets, and Gracemere's Capricorn Street, in addition to the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant to install a specialised chemical pre-treatment process and improve the quality of raw water."
UPDATE: Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad today announced that $3 million in funding had been granted for the clean-up and restoration of Kershaw Gardens which were damaged as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
Minister Keenan said this assistance was being provided under Category D of the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
"Earlier this year the Australian and Queensland Governments partnered to fund $27.75 million under Category D to assist Queensland communities with their long term recovery needs following the cyclone," Mr Keenan said.
"This included $6 million for the clean-up and restoration of cyclone-damaged national parks, beaches and recreational assets, of which Kershaw Gardens has now received half - $3 million."
Minister Trad said Tropical Cyclone Marcia caused extensive damage to Kershaw Gardens when it ripped through the region in February this year.
"It is estimated that approximately 200 trees were uprooted during the cyclone 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 to help return it to a safe and family-friendly environment.
"This additional $3 million will allow Council to complete the remaining remediation work and return the park to its former glory."
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow said Council was grateful for receiving the $3 million Category D funding.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we love Kershaw Gardens and we can't wait until it's once again the centre of North Rockhampton and our showcase to the world," Mayor Strelow said.
The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to working together to assist affected communities and their local councils recover from natural disasters.
CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has welcomed today's Commonwealth-State joint announcement that $9.9 million has been granted for vital infrastructure projects in Capricornia in response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced the funding with Queensland's Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland $27.75 million Category D Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Ms Landry said previously councils were allocated funds to replace infrastructure that was damaged during the cyclone, back to its original state. This latest round now allows local councils to rebuild the items even better so that they are more resilient to withstand future storms.
Ms Landry said the $9.9 million for Capricornia would be spread across six projects:
- $2 million extra for Livingstone Shire to add to the rebuild the Scenic Highway (Statue Bay Road) to make it more resilient. Joint Government funding now totals nearly $12 million for this project.
- $3 million to continue further rebuilding of Kershaw Gardens in Rockhampton
- $4.9 million towards strengthening the rebuild of Pilbeam Drive, the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, Dean Street, Capricorn Street and Elphinstone Street in Rockhampton.
"This joint-funding commitment will help to provide a permanent solution to six roads in the electorate by installing such infrastructure as concrete containment barriers, additional concrete for retaining walls and upgrades to drainage infrastructure.
"This will help ensure residents and businesses that rely on these roads have improved access to their properties, schools, shops, supplies and emergency services during and after major rainfall and flood events," Ms Landry said.
"It will also ensure Kershaw Gardens is returned to a safe and family-friendly environment - after nearly 200 trees were uprooted."