Gladstone-Monto Rd bypass gains $1.3m from Qld Government

GLADSTONE Regional Council has received more than $1.3 million funding towards an emergency services bypass road around Awoonga Dam flood backwater on Gladstone-Monto Road.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the council had been successful in its application for two of five project submissions for Queensland Government 2013-14 disaster mitigation and resilience funding.

The bypass road project was considered to meet State Government criteria of protecting areas from flood event consequences and helping to build more resilient communities.

The funding approval supports the council discussions in July, on the feasibility of an emergency bypass around the Gladstone-Monto Road, to reduce the possibility of isolation of Boyne Valley residents during large rainfall events.

"This is of concern when the Awoonga Dam is exceeding full capacity as excess water flows over the dam wall and causes a section of the Gladstone-Monto Road to become submerged," Cr Sellers said.

She said formation of a bypass road would be for emergency service access only and not for unsupervised general public use.

Construction of the bypass road would still be subject to property negotiations with the State Government and the creation of a road reserve, State Government environmental approvals and final costings determined from a detailed design.

In the same round of applications, the council received $71,000 funding for flood station monitoring equipment, as part of a Baffle Creek and Boyne River Flood Management System.

"Development of these projects will enable the provision of essential assistance to communities in the event of flooding and emergency situations," Cr Sellers said.

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