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    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Notorious floodway to be fixed

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Notorious floodway to be fixed

    A road across Sandy Creek between Laidley and Gatton that flooded in 2011 and 2013, claiming two lives, will be raised and made more resilient through the Newman Government’s Betterment fund.

    Marking the third anniversary of the floods that devastated Grantham, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the State was working with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council to protect vulnerable communities.

    Two men died at Sandy Creek on their way to work last January when their cars was swamped by floodwaters in separate incidents.

    “The Sandy Creek crossing must be improved for the thousands of residents and workers that use the road every day to prevent future loss of life,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “Locals have been to hell and back in the last few years and we will continue to do everything we can to help them recover and feel safe.”

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said it was important to rebuild roads, bridges and other infrastructure to higher standards to help communities withstand future flood events.

    “The power of the floods in this region in recent years shocked the nation and devastated local communities,” Mr Truss said.

    “Over the years, communities throughout Queensland have had to rebuild roads, bridges and other key assets after floods, only to see them damaged or destroyed when the next floods come along.

    “The Betterment Fund, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, gives those communities the ability to rebuild bigger and better, for the long term benefit of all.”

    Woodlands Road is an important link between Gatton and Laidley, serving thousands of rural properties and primary producers.

    It’s used daily by the local school bus and is an important evacuation route in times of disaster, providing access to emergency services and supplies.

    The half-million dollar project will see the Council install four concrete box culverts and construct a 40 metre long concrete floodway across the creek, raising the road by around 1 metre.

    Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the Council is focussed on projects which directly help the community in times of disaster.

    “Obviously the options we put up won’t flood proof every home or business in the valley but by building our infrastructure back better we can prevent the same roads and bridges from being destroyed by future floods and allow our communities to go about their business in their normal way,” Mayor Jones said.   

    “We must continue to think outside the square in terms of how we rebuild following major natural disasters like we’ve seen in the Lockyer Valley and this change of mindset from the State has been refreshing.” 

    Mr Crisafulli said the $80 million Betterment Fund was part of the Newman Government’s push to end Labor’s wasteful approach of rebuilding the same infrastructure in the same position that was washed away again the next time it flooded.

    “This government has a clear vision for Queensland,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “The Betterment Fund will save communities the heartache and expense of repeatedly replacing vulnerable infrastructure.

    “It may cost a little more in the short term but in the long haul we’ll save Queenslanders money by rebuilding flood-damaged public infrastructure in a smarter way that makes it more resilient to future floods.

    “With the heartache caused by repeated flooding, it’s common sense to build more flood resilient infrastructure so the community can bounce back more quickly when the next flood comes.”

    The Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative, funded by the State and Federal Governments.

     

    [ENDS] 10 January 2014

    Media Contact: Andrew Longmire 0418 216 627