$4.4 million flood mitigation upgrade begins
CONSTRUCTION of the first flood mitigation project arising from Gympie Regional Council's flood mitigation study is set to begin, with works expected to be completed within 12 months.
Mayor Ron Dyne said the first project to come to fruition, the improvement of flood access to Monkland and Glanmire, was a priority deliverable for council and works would commence once design was complete and contracts and formalities were in place.
"Council's flood mitigation plan incorporates a range of projects to be delivered over the coming years and the first one to be fully funded - the access improvements at Monkland and Glanmire - would start as soon as possible and was expected to be complete by this time next year," said Cr Dyne.
"The project includes construction of the missing section of Penny Rd to Hyland Rd at East Deep Creek and the raising of the road level and replacement of a narrow, load limited timber bridge on Drummond Dr at Glanmire.
"This is vitally important work for the businesses, employees and residents in the area as many businesses which could otherwise continue to operate in a flood must close because their employees cannot get to work, they cannot access their suppliers or they are cut off from their customers.
"It is estimated that the economic benefits of having businesses that are able to continue to operate during a flood is around $750,000 per day, which is significant."
Cr Dyne said 203 businesses located at Monkland and surrounding areas were isolated from the rest of town during Mary River floods.
"During a flood, the isolated areas are not serviced by any major shopping centres or health services and the shops at Monkland quickly run out of basic food supplies," said Cr Dyne.
"These works will achieve an all-weather route of high flood immunity which is critically important for everyone in that local community.
"It will also provide safe access to the industrial estate south of Gympie with vehicles able to access Drummond Dr from Hall Rd at all times and allow for vehicles to avoid the Bruce Hwy altogether.
"This improved access will also work well with the new section D1 of the Bruce Highway by providing a high link to Channon St via Gympie Connection Rd."
The $4.4 million project is jointly funded by Gympie Regional Council and the State Government.