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Whitsunday Regional Council is submitting an application for funding with the QueenslandGovernment through the Flood Mitigation Project 2014-15, to upgrade Argyle Park Road in Bowen to increase flood immunity from 1 in 2 years to 1 in 100 years.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the if successful the upgrade to the existing culvert structure and roadformation will provide a safe access route to the recently constructed Bowen Cyclone Shelter,during heavy rain.“Currently, Argyle Park Road is one of a few access points for residents seeking safe shelter at the Bowen Cyclone Shelter or higher ground during natural disasters,” she said.
“However, during significant rain events it is cut off with the flooding of Bells Gully, an overflow ofthe Don River, or from receiving considerable local runoff.
“Argyle Park Road currently operates with a flood immunity of approximately 1 in 2 years whichmeans that once there is significant rainfall in the catchment, residents of Queens Beach, Queens Bay, Horseshoe Bay and Rose Bay are stranded within a high risk storm surge area.
“This can create a dangerous situation during a cyclonic event, which generally brings heavyrainfall before crossing the coast.
“This can mean that residents within this area are left with no access to the Cyclone Shelter oralternative higher ground locations and limited access to emergency services and food and water supplies.
“If successful this project proposes to increase the flood immunity of Argyle Park Road to a 1 in100 year by increasing the capacity and efficiency of the Bells Gully culvert crossing.
“The need for a culvert installation for Bells Gully on Argyle Park Road was identified as part of the Queens Beach Drainage Study undertaken by Cardno in 2011.
“Installing the culverts and, in turn raising the height of the road, will provide the community andemergency services safe access to and from the Queens Beach, Queens Bay, Horseshoe Bay and Rose Bay suburbs.
“Council estimates the project will be approximately $2.5 million, and will directly benefit more than 1500 local community members, local sourcing of material for the construction will also benefit the Bowen community.
“Council will continue to work with the Queensland Government throughout this applicationprocess to gain access to whatever funding is available for this project.
“This significant flood mitigation project would be a good step towards building resilience in theBowen community.
“The Queens Beach Drainage Study undertaken in 2011 identified all road networks which lead out of the identified study area leading to the Cyclone Shelter on Richmond Road.
“From the selection of the three available road networks, Argyle Park Road was identified as theonly suitable route. All other roads required additional flood mitigation measures to beimplemented in order to provide the safe access route to the Cyclone Shelter.”
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