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

    Mackay doubles flood resilience

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

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    Mackay doubles flood resilience

    The biggest upgrade to Mackay’s flood protection in a generation is forging ahead with work on the first of four levee bank upgrades nearing completion.

    Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the levees were being raised to double protection for residents from a one-in-50 to a one-in-100 year flood.

    “The Bassett Basin levee bank was built in the 1970’s but Mackay residents deserved better,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “The protective levee at Bassett Basin, north of Harbour Road, has been raised by 300 mm, doubling the area’s flood immunity.

    “Work is also about to begin on raising two levees at the Gooseponds and another levee south of Harbour Road which will benefit from an inflatable “Tiger Dam” flood barrier due to arrive soon.”

    Existing storm water drains will also be improved as part of the upgrades.

    Mr Crisafulli said the Queensland Government was acting to make changes when Labor wouldn’t.

    “Flood studies have shown water levels in the Pioneer River and nearby creeks can rise suddenly after heavy rain,” he said.

    “The people of North Mackay were crying out for a solution and we have listened.

    “This will have an immediate impact and create a more secure future.

    “While we will never flood-proof a state like Queensland, the State Government is determined to better protect people and improve the flood resilience of local infrastructure.”

    The levee upgrade project was funded through a $342,125 grant through the Newman Government’s Royalties for the Regions initiative, a key election promise, matched dollar for dollar by the Mackay Regional Council.

    [ENDS] 16 May 2014

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