$2.6m to help Flynn following Cyclone Marcia

FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has welcomed today's Commonwealth-State joint announcement that $2.6 million has been granted for vital infrastructure projects in Flynn in response to Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced the funding with Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland $27.75 million Category D Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Mr O'Dowd North Burnett Regional Council secured $2.6 million in betterment funding to upgrade cyclone damaged assets to a stronger and more disaster resilient standard.

"Tropical Cyclone Marcia caused significant damage to essential public assets in Flynn, including vital transport routes such as A Creek Road at Coonambula where the Grosvenor Bridge crosses," Mr O'Dowd said.

"This funding commitment will help to make roads in the electorate more resilient by installing such infrastructure as upgrades to floodways and approaches and drainage infrastructure."Mr Keenan said the $2.6 million in funding for Flynn would be spread across 10 projects within the North Burnett area, including:

• Black Horse Creek Road, A Creek Road (Grosvenor Bridge), Coonambula Road, Humphery Binjour Road, Bon Accord Wetheron Road, Glenleigh Road, Mt Debatable Road, Lovedays Road, Mahoon Creek Road and Redvale Road.

"This will help ensure residents and businesses that rely on these roads have improved access to their properties, schools, shops, supplies and emergency services during and after major rainfall and flood events," Mr Keenan said.

For more information on the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Infrastructure Betterment Fund visit http://qldreconstruction.org.au/ndrra