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In the coming weeks, Whitsunday Regional Council will commence flood resilience works on theBrisbane Street drain in Bowen.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the construction of a tidal gate at the outlet of the existing BrisbaneStreet drain is being made possible through the Queensland Government’s Royalties for theRegions program.
“Council has received $105,000 from the Queensland Government to deliver this project which will build flood resilience in the town of Bowen,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Once complete the tidal gate will prevent water from entering the local drain network, whichcompromises the network capacity during localised rainfall events.
“The work will consist of enclosing the open channel drain downstream of Santa Barbara Paradewith the addition of a trash rack, tidal-gate and associated landscaping.
“This is another measure Council is putting in place, with the assistance of the State Government, to build flood resilience and mitigation in Bowen,” she said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said this project is a great example of how Royalties for the Regions is delivering critical infrastructure in Queensland’s regions.
“The program ensures a share of the royalties earned by the resources sector in regional areas is returned to the people of those regions to build infrastructure and improve communities,” MrSeeney said.
“I would like to thank Whitsunday Regional Council for partnering with us to deliver this floodmitigation project in Bowen.”
The work is expected to take around 3-4 months to complete.
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