Acting Queensland Premier Jeff Seeney
SEQ Flood Reconstruction Continues To Gain Momentum Two Years On
Victor P Taffa
Two years after devastating disasters hit South East Queensland more than $910 Million in flood and cyclone reconstruction work has been delivered across the region.
Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said remarkable progress had been made in the region over the past two years but there was still a lot of work to be done to complete the massive reconstruction effort.
“Another $700 Million of funding to repair flood and cyclone damage in the south east is currently in the pipeline.” Mr. Seeney said.
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 with their reconstruction projects, creating a more resilient Queensland that’s better prepared for the future.” Mr. Seeney said.
Just a few of the major reconstruction projects delivered or underway in south-east Queensland include:
- Completion of a $57 Million project to reconstruct the Cunningham Highway at Cunningham’s Gap
- A new housing estate at Grantham in the Lockyer Valley, which gives flood affected residents the option to move themselves and their assets to higher ground as part of a voluntary land-swap agreement
- Rebuilding of roads, parks, waterways, drainage systems, and sea and river walls across Brisbane
- Reconstruction of the AJ Wyllie Bridge at Petrie
- Road reconstruction works to repair landslips on the Gold Coast–Springbrook Road
- $4 Million in repairs to Bellthorpe Range Road north of Woodford
- The $11 Million rebuilding of Colleges Crossing recreation reserve at Chuwar
- Reconstruction of significant community infrastructure including the Ipswich Knights clubhouse and the Goodna Bowls Club
- Restoration of Joseph Brady Park and a number of other parks and recreation spaces along the Brisbane River.
The reconstruction program will continue into 2013 with work due to commence on the $70 Million Brisbane Riverwalk replacement in April and projects such as Stokes Bridge at Silverdale in the Scenic Rim region and Mt Sylvia Road in the Lockyer Valley scheduled for completion mid-year.
Across the state, the $12.2 Billion program to rebuild Queensland is making good progress, with more than $6.1 Billion in works delivered and a further $4.5 Billion in the pipeline.
Funding for the work has been delivered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), a joint federal (75%) and state (25%) initiative.