Balonne Shire Council to push ahead with road repair program.
Balonne Shire Council to push ahead with road repair program.

Shire to push ahead with road repairs after floods

BALONNE Shire Council is set to fast-track an extensive road repair program as a result of damage caused by floods in February and March.

Two maintenance crews commenced work on the shire’s roads on July 15, with the remaining two crews focused on council’s contractual obligations with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and council’s capital works program.

Council received confirmation this week that Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) funding had been approved for roadworks on Cubbie Road, and procurement arrangements will commence.

Submissions currently with the QRA for assessment include Whynebah Road, Gunnindaddy Road, Middle Road, Teelba Road, Thomby Road, Chelmer Road, Powrunna and Unity Roads.

Mayor Samantha O’Toole said council understood the poor condition of many rural road in the Shire and will begin work on flood damage while it finalises the funding agreement with the QRA.

Cr O’Toole said the community could not be expected to wait any longer for the work to begin.

“The Shire acknowledges that the state of some roads has caused real and genuine concerns for residents and we recognise that and thank residents for their patience,” she said.

She said the planned work would see a significant amount of money flow into the Balonne community which would offer direct and indirect economic benefits to a broad range of local businesses.

“Under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), council has lodged with the QRA in excess of $20 million in restoration works,” she said.

“These works will offer a welcome boost to the local economy, supporting local businesses and assist in the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”