Mayor of Livingstone Shire Councillor Bill Ludwig has said $1.3 million for disaster mitigation works for the Yeppoon CBD and Tanby Road Commercial Precinct will save millions by limiting the impacts of future flood events.
“Last week’s funding announcement by Minister David Crisafulli MP, Bruce Young MP and Federal Member Michelle Landry was fantastic news for our community and the result of a pro-active partnership with Livingstone Shire Council,” Cr Ludwig said.
“Council will be matching the State and Federal funding commitment with $1.3 million of our own to achieve this outstanding outcome for the community.”
“The funding will deliver four integrated projects that will substantially address future impacts of flash flooding events in the Yeppoon CBD and Tanby Road commercial precincts.”
“For traders in particular the toll from these events is often felt months after the initial impact and in some cases those losses can result in businesses having to close permanently,” Cr Ludwig said.
Deputy Mayor and Strategic Infrastructure Councillor Graham Scott said the strength of the four projects which were successful is that they represent an integrated, systematic and coordinated approach.
“Project 1 will see the removal of a roundabout, regrading and lowering of the intersection at Arthur and Queen Streets. This project is designed to allow far greater capacity for stormwater to flow toward Figtree Creek and away from the western end of the CBD,” Cr Scott said.
“Similarly Projects 2 and 3 in Queen and Barry Streets, and James and Hill Streets will work together to ensure that stormwater can flow away unobstructed from the middle and eastern end of CBD, greatly reducing the future risk of stormwater backing up and causing inundation of businesses.”
“Project 4 will entail installing a new roadway channel with greater water capacity along Cordingley Street as well as a new culvert under Yeppoon Road to direct water away from the Tanby Road commercial precinct,” Cr Scott said.