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PM’S $10M to fight the next flood

CIRCUS ROLLS IN: The press pack and Prime Minister Julia Gillard crowd into the Cactus Espresso Bar yesterday.
CIRCUS ROLLS IN: The press pack and Prime Minister Julia Gillard crowd into the Cactus Espresso Bar yesterday. Rob Williams

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard came to Ipswich yesterday to announce the package to provide $45 million to help Queenslanders recover and rebuild after the Australia Day floods.

The Prime Minister said her government would also contribute $40 million to rebuild council-owned roads and assets so they are more flood-proof.

She asked the Queensland Government to provide a matched contribution to the fund.

But while Premier Campbell Newman welcomed the flood mitigation funding, he said his government had already put

$100 million on the table to build more resilient infrastructure.

Ipswich City Council welcomed the funding for flood mitigation projects from Redbank Plains to Rosewood.

Mayor Paul Pisasale thanked the Prime Minister and said the funding would bring forward projects identified by the council.

"The council conducted 27 flood studies and now we can turn results into projects with real long-term benefits for residents and businesses," the mayor said.

"When completed, these projects will mitigate the flood risk and lower damage bills caused by flooding. This means insurance premiums should fall."

Rural councillor David Pahlke was delighted with the announcement.

"I think you have to give credit where credit's due. I'm not only thanking Julia Gillard, but also Shayne Neumann. He's delivered

$5 million to my division," Cr Pahlke said. "The Thagoona flood study is the number one flood mitigation project for this city."

Federal MP Shayne Neumann credited Ipswich City Council for the positive outcome for the city.

"Ipswich gave to me and to the government its priority list and nine of the top 10 are being covered by the $10 million," Mr Neumann said.

"I want to commend the council, particularly Cr Cheryl Bromage. I also want to thank Cr David Pahlke, who's been in my ear about Rosewood and Thagoona."

Campbell Newman said the funding fell well short of what was needed.

"The Queensland Government has written to the Gillard government numerous times since March 2012 requesting

$40 million to match funding for our flood plain security scheme. We have also put on the table $100 million for a betterment fund to build more resilient infrastructure and we have been offered only $40 million with strings attached."

The projects approved for funding by the Federal Government include:

 

$1,800,000 to upgrade the existing swale and/or construct a levee along Karrabin-Rosewood Rd.

 

$1,400,000 to build a detention basin adjacent to Shirley St, Redbank Plains and upgrade the pipe system between Shirley St and Colleen Crt.

 

$500,000 to build a drainage channel along the western side of Kerners Rd.

 

$500,000 to upgrade the culverts under Whitehill Rd to improve their capacity

 

$400,000 to build a levee in Sutton Park, Brassall and to increase the gully pit inlet capacity on Hunter St.

 

$2,000,000 to build a levee along the western boundary of Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve and reconfigure the drainage channel between Susan St and Kentucky St.

 

$2,500,000 to upgrade Masons Gully and the Town Drain in Rosewood.

 

$400,000 to increase the pipe and gully pit capacity in the Mary St area of Flinders View.

 

$500,000 for a series of levees in Frawley Dr Park, Redbank Plains.



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