Funding boost for flood damaged roads

RACQ has welcomed a $14.9 million funding announcement from the State and Federal Government to repair flood damaged roads in far north and western Queensland.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith said the package of works would allow key roads to be rebuilt to an even higher standard after the region took a hit during the February monsoon.

“We know roads are the lifeblood of regional communities, and providing and maintaining access to them is so important,” Ms Smith said. 

“In Cloncurry, $9.4 million will go to improving Sedan Dip Road, which was cut for weeks earlier this year.

“A further $3.2 million will also be spent in the far north, to ensure roads can keep up with tourism in the area.

“With these improvement works, roads can hopefully remain open when disaster strikes and communities can stay connected.

“They’ll also be vital for moving freight across Queensland, as well as people travelling for business, school and social activities.”

Ms Smith said the Club was particularly pleased upgrades to Kennedy Developmental Road had finally received the go-ahead, after the road was named as one of RACQ’s priorities during the latest Federal Election.

“We’d been lobbying for the delivery of safety and flood improvements on the Kennedy, which we know will go a long way to boosting its immunity and providing greater access for the ever-growing region,” she said.

“We’re pleased the pollies have listened and are now acting, and this announcement is a show of their commitment.”

The projects were expected to be delivered by June 2021.

More information could be found on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website.