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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




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