Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, Deputy Mayor Graham Scott, Mayor Bill Ludwig and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, Deputy Mayor Graham Scott, Mayor Bill Ludwig and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga Contributed

Statue Bay repair and upgrade to start in New Year

MONTHS of complex engineering design and negotiations with State and Federal Governments have paid off with the announcement of additional Category D funding to restore and upgrade Statue Bay.

Statue Bay was impacted heavily when Cyclone Marcia smashed the Capricorn Coast resulting in major landslips and wild seas undermining Scenic Hwy.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said with Friday's funding announcement Council has hit the ground running so works can start as soon as possible in the New Year.

"The pre-Xmas announcement has allowed Council to immediately award the detailed design contract to the preferred tenderer which will give us a great head-start," Cr Ludwig said.

"This additional $2 million will take the total contribution from the State and Federal Government to approximately $11.7 million ensuring we can achieve the best long-term solution.

"The support Council has had from all tiers of Government, especially from our Federal and State representatives Michelle Landry and Brittany Lauga, has been nothing short of outstanding.

"Council has also appreciated everyone's patience through the exhaustive process to ensure the engineering team get the long-term solution absolutely right.

"The scope of works will include major cliff stabilisation, sea-wall reconstruction and strengthening, plus road widening to provide for a new pedestrian/cycle way.

"These vital works will provide a safer road for commuters, cyclists and pedestrians while protecting both infrastructure and the properties above in future storm events.

"Plans are also well advanced to put in place additional measures to minimise residential traffic impacts during construction including establishment of new school bus pick-up and drop off areas.

"This has been without doubt Council's most complex and costly post-cyclone engineering challenges."



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