Flood work at Laidley given $1m

THE Laidley community has been promised better protection from floods with the State Government fast-tracking money to build vital levees and drainage systems.

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said almost $1 million had been set aside to start work on a levee around the Laidley CBD and at Narda Lagoon, and an extension of drainage systems around Coates and Storr Sts.

Flood monitoring cameras will also be installed on roads at Glen Cairn and Junction View.

"Laidley residents and businesses have suffered for too long from floodwaters tearing through their town," he said.

"We're carrying out the most ambitious infrastructure plan in a generation and we're determined to work with the council to deliver the flood protection locals deserve.

"It will mark a turning point for communities threatened by flooding, and to achieve that, it has to be community-led.

"Locals know best what their community needs to protect it, and we'll drive maximum value from the funds that we've got to deliver those defences."

The cash injection follows the $2.3 million given to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council last year for the Forest Hill levee and other flood projects under the council's 'Rebuilding Lockyer Better Initiative'.

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