Acting Queensland Premier Jeff Seeney
Two Years On – Focus Remains On Flood Reconstruction
Victor P Taffa
Two years after devastating floods hit southern Queensland, more than $1.3 billion in flood reconstruction work has been delivered across the region.
Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said remarkable progress had been made over the two years, but there was still a lot of work to be done to complete the massive reconstruction effort.
“Another $1.1 Billion of funding for repair of flood damage in the southern region is currently in the pipeline.” Mr. Seeney said.
“There was enormous damage from the severe rainfall and flooding in 2010-11.”
“Places like Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Murweh, Maranoa and Balonne have had massive reconstruction programs to manage after these devastating events.”
“Some areas were affected again by flooding in early 2012, but despite this we are seeing real progress on the ground.”
The reconstruction effort relies on cooperation between government agencies, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, businesses and, most importantly, local councils.
“It is this cooperation that is ensuring each and every community gets value for money from their reconstruction projects, creating a more resilient Queensland that’s better prepared for the future.” Mr. Seeney said.
Some of the major reconstruction projects delivered or underway in the Southern Queensland region include:
- Reconstruction work on multiple sites on the Warrego Highway, New England Highway and Gore Highway
- Completion of a $57 Million project to reconstruct the Cunningham Highway at Cunningham’s Gap
- The $2.7 Million replacement of Toowoomba’s destroyed Jellicoe Street Bridge
- Remediation work between Withcott and Toowoomba (Toowoomba Range)
- Rebuilding of sections of Esk-Hampton Road and embankment and installing new culverts to restore the road
- Reconstruction of Marble Street in central Dalby
- The Gowrie Creek flood mitigation project in Toowoomba
- Flood mitigation works in Charleville
- More than $12 Million in reconstruction works in the Bulloo Shire.
Across the state, the $12.2 Billion program to rebuild Queensland is continuing with more than $6.1 Billion in works delivered and a further $4.5 Billion in the pipeline under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funded by the federal and state governments.