Far North Queensland will benefit from federal and state government investment to rebuild infrastructure damaged by the 2019 monsoon trough.
This latest tranche of funding will support five resilience projects across the Leichhardt electorate.
This is in addition to the more than $93 million already approved through a Commonwealth and Queensland Government partnership to build stronger, more resilient infrastructure able to adapt to extreme weather events in regional Queensland.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the funding would support local projects and create local jobs.
He said these projects are being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances package jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“These projects will help these communities to build resilience to weather events that are all too common in the tropics,” Mr Entsch said.
“While our response to the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, we continue to invest in the roads, floodways, drainage and barriers needed to keep communities safe, and withstand potentially devastating impacts of natural disasters.”
Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said construction works would begin in the coming weeks, with the goal of having all projects delivered within 12 months.
“When it comes to Queensland, a severe weather event is never far in the distance,” Mr Littleproud said.
“No matter where Queenslanders live, they should have confidence they’re well protected from what Mother Nature can throw our way.”
Approved betterment projects:
Cairns Regional Council:
Replace existing pipe culverts on Goldsborough Road with larger pipes, $698,000
Cook Shire Council:
Construct concrete floodways and causeways, and seal roads to reduce erosion, $990,000
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council:
Construct multiple concrete causeways on Pormpuraaw Road, $319,000
Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council:
Extend a concrete causeway and stabilise sections of Portland Road, $1,307,000
Approved water and sewerage projects:
Douglas Shire Council:
Remove and replace the cyclone fence at Mossman Waste Water Treatment Plant, $15,000