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Queensland boosts regional resilience on flood-prone roads

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Half of the $30 million Betterment Program projects to improve flood immunity and resilience on key Queensland road links that were impacted by the 2019 North Queensland flood event have been completed.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the projects were part of the 2019 Betterment Program to build stronger and more resilient infrastructure in regional Queensland communities.

“Following the catastrophic flooding last year, Queensland Transport and Main Roads identified 10 flood-prone sites for improvement, with five completed and most of the remaining expected to be finished before the next wet season.

“Regional transport routes will play an important role in our economic recovery from COVID-19, so we are continuing to support the community by investing in restoring and improving damaged roads during this difficult time.

“Given the severe damage to the Flinders Highway, and other transport routes, the projects are focused in the state’s north-west, along with some central-western and far north Queensland sites.

“As well as carrying out repairs following the flooding, we are improving resilience at key sites to minimise future flood damage and reduce road closures,” Minister Littleproud said.

The Betterment Program is being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances package which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Read the full release here.

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