A large excavator works to clear loose rock and earth from the cliff adjacent to the Scenic Hwy near Statue Bay after Cyclone Marcia.
A large excavator works to clear loose rock and earth from the cliff adjacent to the Scenic Hwy near Statue Bay after Cyclone Marcia.

Repairs on way at last for $18m Statue Bay job

WHEN Cyclone Marcia struck the region earlier this year she left a trail of destruction behind, including the structure of the Scenic Hwy at Statue Bay.

It was one of the hardest hit infrastructure casualties with major landslips and wild seas undermining the road from below.

But it's time for the $18 million repair job to begin after months of painstaking geotechnical evaluation, engineering design work and negotiations with the State and Federal governments who appear likely to deliver a huge outcome for Livingstone Shire Council and the community at Statue Bay.

Mayor Bill Ludwig commended the community for their patience and appreciation of the need to get a long-term solution that will hopefully fix the problem area once and for all.

"It's been an exhaustive process but discussion this week has indicated that council is likely to get State and Federal government funding sign-off by the end of next week which will pave the way for the major works program to at last get underway," Cr Ludwig said.

"This has been without doubt council's most complex and costly post-cyclone engineering challenge. The planned scope of works will include major cliff stabilisation, sea wall reconstruction and strengthening, and widening of the road to provide both a safety buffer and a pedestrian/cycle way.

"It is vital that we get it absolutely right once and for all, both from a safety perspective and to protect the properties at risk of coming down in future storm events. The support council has had from the Queensland Government through Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Department of Transport and Main Roads has been brilliant.

"There will be an information night at the Yeppoon Town Hall in about a fortnight to inform residents and stakeholder groups of timeframes and likely staging to undertake the massive job."



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