News

Flood funding will help protect Baffle, Agnes

AT least $600,000 flood funding will flow into key Gladstone region communities to help protect businesses, homes and infrastructure.

Residents in Agnes Water, Baffle Creek and surrounds are relieved $600,000 to manage flooding of key access roads has been promised.

The Natural Disaster Mitigation Program cash will benefit Fingerboard Rd, which connects Agnes Water with Miriam Vale, and Round Hill Rd, which links the seaside town to Bundaberg.

Road funding is a hot topic in the region, where residents are regularly flooded in, causing loss of revenue for businesses in the tourism hot spot and limiting emergency service access.

Agnes Water resident Lauren Mann said the funding pledge was great news.

"They're our only two roads out of town, so when they flood we're stuck," she said. "Every year we get a big downpour, and people get flooded in."

Agnes Water volunteer firefighter and local RSL secretary Allen Mason also welcomed news.

"It's good for the area, if tourists can come and go freely. Not to mention the locals," he said.

But being flooded is just a fact of life in Agnes Water, he says, and works will always be needed.

"Sometimes the locals get stranded for three or four days," Mr Mason said. "It's no big deal to me, unless of course you have a medical emergency."

Water level monitoring equipment and better signage will be installed at Fingerboard Rd, and works to protect embankment, pavement and culverts during flood events will be undertaken at Round Hill Rd.

The funds will be provided by all levels of government, with the Commonwealth and state governments contributing about $210,000 each and the balance of $191,000 coming from Gladstone Regional Council.

The Round Hill Road project is ready to begin and is expected to be completed by September, while the Fingerboard Rd project is still at the design stage and is expected to be completed by December.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, State Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Gladstone region Mayor Gail Sellers will announce the project at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on Monday.

Topics:  agnes water baffle creek flooding funding gladstone regional council



'Refused': State MP says smelter had "ample” time to save jobs

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher pins a white ribbon on Boyne Smelters General Manager Joe Rea at a community function.

Glenn Butcher says BSL were "rolling the dice” for past two years

15 jobs up for grabs for tradies and labourers

READY TO WORK: Here are 15 jobs you can apply for today.

CQ companies have continued the call for workers.

'Can't afford job losses': State power prices in spotlight

Boyne Smelters general manager operations Joe Rea announced job cuts due to increased power prices.

Politicians war of words over BSL's call to cut jobs and production.

Local Partners

The best of SUNfest on show

SUNfest 2017 wraps up on Friday night with showcase event.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Married at First Sight: M'boro dad to feature on reality TV

LOOKING FOR LOVE: Farmer Sean Hollands, 35, from Maryborough will feature on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

A bull riding accident put everything into perspective for Sean.

'Hot, sweaty, wild' Barnsey here on Saturday

Jimmy Barnes will be performing at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow.

"Hot, sweaty, wild”: Barnsey's in Gladstone

Jimmy Barnes Gladstone show not a sell out

Jimmy Barnes will be performing in Gladstone on Saturday at the Harvey Road Tavern.

PLENTY of tickets still available

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Gladstone market's confidence coming back for 2017

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 16.7% to $275,000 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 16.7% to $275,000

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!