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

    Riverbank restoration to be fast-tracked

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

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Riverbank restoration to be fast-tracked

    The Queensland Government will fast-track additional funding this financial year to transform an area of Bundaberg’s flood damaged riverbank near the CBD into public parkland.

    Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the $2.4 million upgrade of the sinkhole at the site of the former Midtown Marina was a daily reminder of the 2013 flood to every person who wanted a riverside stroll.

    “Repairing this walkway is a vital step in Bundaberg’s recovery,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “I know the difference the Strand makes in Townsville, the Riverwalk in Brisbane, the Esplanade in Cairns, and this promenade is just as important.”

    The Midtown Marina made statewide news during the 2013 floods when a gaping hole formed on the banks of the Burnett River in late February, threatening shops and other infrastructure.

    Pushing for the site’s repair is part of the Newman Government’s election promise to deliver stronger infrastructure.

    Mr Crisafulli said the $2.4 million repair work would involve building a 77-metre-long steel sheet-pile retaining wall, with interlocking sections to maximise its strength to withstand future floodwaters, then backfilling the hole to reclaim the riverbank.

    “Walkways and landscaping will be replaced, and there is a long line-up of locals standing behind Jack Dempsey and Steve Bennett who want to see people enjoying the river at this spot again,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “We fully funded an earlier request of more than $1.5 million to repair this damage, but council have since asked for an extra $900,000 to get the job done.”

    Mr Crisafulli said the eroded riverbank was an enduring image of the Bundaberg flood, and he didn’t underestimate its importance to the town’s overall recovery.

    “We’re stepping in to provide the shortfall to make sure the hole gets fixed as soon as possible,” he said.

    “This money is delivered with increased expectations and a strong message to council: ‘Get the walkway fixed in the next few months’.

    “The marina was only just getting back on its feet after the 2011 floods when it was smashed by the 2013 floodwaters.

    “It may be just one project in the $180 million program of recovery works, but it will have an immediate effect on the hearts and minds of Bundaberg people.”

    The repairs will be funded with the State’s $1,500,982 from Royalties for the Regions and a Local Government grant of $600,000, plus $300,000 from the Bundaberg Regional Council.

    [ENDS] 27 March 2014

     

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