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Gladstone builds back better after Marcia



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The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism

The Hon Jackie Trad MP Deputy Premier of Queensland Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

1 February 2015

Gladstone builds back better after Marcia

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today announced more than $3.3 million for vital infrastructure upgrades in Gladstone under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Betterment Fund.

Mr Keenan said the $20 million Betterment Fund was established in response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia and was provided under Category D of the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“Gladstone Regional Council has secured more than $3.3 million in Betterment funding to upgrade sections of Tableland, Norton, Mt Larcom Bracewell, Davis, Bindawalla and Gentle Annie roads,” Mr Keenan said.

“This funding will ensure Council has the resources it needs to rebuild the local road network to a stronger and more resilient standard, which will help the community withstand the impacts of any future disasters.”

Ms Trad noted estimates by the Gladstone Regional Council that up to 89 jobs would be supported over the span of these six projects.

“These upgraded works should allow the important farming and mining industries to stay connected with access to vital services as soon as possible after severe weather,” Ms Trad said.

Tableland Road in particular is an important transport route for primary producers, including beef and timber producers, and connects the townships of Wooderson and Diglum with the regional centre of Calliope.

“The funding will be used to upgrade approaches to Double Creek Bridge and Double Creek floodway, extend concrete approaches to Futter Creek Crossing and provide additional protection works at two other sites.

“It has been damaged in three floods in the past five years including Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015 when sections of the road were washed away, forcing the road to be closed for four

days.”

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers said the Council was pleased to be receiving Betterment funding to make the region more resilient to flooding.

“Unfortunately we have been tested by Mother Nature many times over the past five years and to be able to upgrade some of our roads to a more disaster resilient standard is fantastic,” Ms Sellers said.

“These are significant projects for the region that should allow the community to get back to normal as soon as possible after future flooding events.”

Media contacts: Shannen Wilkinson 0476 820 816 (Minister Keenan) Susan McGrady 0488 996 667 (Minister Trad)