THE Gold Coast has received more than $1.7 million in funding to rebuild vital infrastructure damaged by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie last year.
The funding is part of a $40 million Betterment Fund made available under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
It’ll be used to restore Alan Wilkie Bridge as well as several roads, including Reids Crossing, Howards Creek Place, Weedons Crossing and Birds, Bakers, Aruluen, and Currumbin Creek roads.
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The road networks will be built stronger and more resilient to help the Coast withstand future disasters and reduce future restoration costs.
Cyclone Debbie had a catastrophic impact on Queensland, causing significant damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure from the Whitsundays to the New South Wales border.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing and Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said many of the roads had a history of being damaged during severe weather events.
“In a state as susceptible to disasters as Queensland, we not only need to be able to respond quickly when a natural disaster strikes, we have to ensure our public infrastructure is durable and able to withstand the wrath of Mother Nature,” Mr Dick said.
“The 2017 Betterment fund is a great example of all levels of Government working together to improve the resilience of Queensland communities.”
The Queensland Government has so far approved 57 Betterment projects from 16 councils with a Betterment value of over $24 million. Submissions are still being assessed.
For more information on the 2017 Betterment program and other Category D funding associated with STC Debbie, click here.