Small bridge, big relief for Gympie
GYMPIE Regional Council yesterday bridged a major gap for two important Imbil district industries, after the flood devastation the area suffered in 2013.
Mayor Mick Curran joined his deputy, Larry Friske, and council construction and maintenance manager Grayden Curry at Derrier Rd, where the bridge provided a link to important dairying and forestry properties.
A council spokeswoman yesterday said the bridge had restored what was the only maintained road servicing these properties.
Since the former timber bridge was all but washed away during the floods, the properties have relied a temporary side track across Yabba Creek, upstream from Imbil, towards Borumba Dam.
The new $550,000 single-lane concrete bridge was built by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, she said.
Construction was funded by the Federal Government (75%) and the Queensland Government (25%), the spokeswoman said.