Roma levee nears completion

David Crisafulli
David Crisafulli Geoff Potter

A 5.2km-long earthen levee that could protect 500 homes and businesses in Roma from the devastation of another flood is nearing completion.

The western Queensland town has experienced four major flood events in as many years.

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said today the project was a great example of the work he hoped to see replicated around the state.

"Different locations need different infrastructure, including levees, drainage upgrades, retention basins and back-flow devices that will make Queensland communities safer," he said.

"Last week we called for expressions of interest from councils for nearly $47 million worth of projects to defend communities against flooding."

The levee, which is expected to be finished next month, runs from north of the Roma airport, crosses the Carnarvon Highway to traverse the eastern side of the town and follows Bungil Creek, ending above Lovell St.

Two more concrete walls will eventually fill in the gaps.

The Maranoa Regional Council is now working on stage two, which involves a 1.6 km levee, diversion channel improvements and local flood mitigation measures.

Stage one, or the larger levee, will cost about $16 million with the bulk of funding coming from state programs such as Royalties for the Regions and Local Government Grants and Subsidies.

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