29/08/2016
Betterment funding to upgrade Gundiah floodway.

The Coalition Government is improving access to Gundiah in times of flood, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien confirmed today, with $740,000 allocated to upgrade Netherby Road, south of Gundiah. 

“A new eight-metre-wide floodway will offer increased protection from future natural disasters, improving access and allowing emergency services to respond to calls for help,” Mr O’Brien said. 

Netherby Road, also known as Old Gympie Road, connects the communities of Gundiah and Tiaro, south-west of Maryborough in the Fraser Coast region. 

“The funding will allow the Fraser Coast Regional Council to construct a more resilient floodway to ensure the Gundiah community is able to stay connected to essential services following flood events. 

“The road is also important for local farmers who use it to transport stock and produce and receive supplies.” 

This funding is in addition to $790,000 already announced for the floodway on nearby Emerys Bridge Road, also funded through the Betterment Fund, and $1.44 million for the Gutchy Creek Bridge at Gundiah funded through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme. 

The $20 million Betterment Fund was established in response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia and is provided under Category D of the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The Fund was established with $10 million from the Australian Government and $10 million from the Queensland Government.