$5.5M for flood-damaged roads

More than $5.5 million in funding has been approved for road repairs in the Lockyer Valley area.
More than $5.5 million in funding has been approved for road repairs in the Lockyer Valley area.

FUNDING for more than $5.5 million of road repairs in the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, including three flood damaged bridges have been approved.

Premier and Reconstruction Minister Anna Bligh and Federal Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery, Senator Joe Ludwig, made the announcement today.

"The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has approved their funding under the Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) program," Ms Bligh said.

Minister Ludwig said the Australian Government was meeting up to 75 per cent of the cost of rebuilding Queensland.

"This project will create over 35 direct and indirect jobs, supporting the local community and getting on with the important task of rebuilding Queensland," Senator Ludwig said.

The LVRC projects $5.56 million package are:

  • Brightview Road, $3.15M
  • Peters Bridge, Thornton, $1.12M
  • Kirsop Bridge, Murphy's Creek, $654,000
  • McGarrigal Bridge, Laidley West, $630,00

Under the innovative advance grants program, being used for the first time where councils have been forwarded money to accelerate reconstruction, Lockyer Valley Regional Council was advanced $37.8 million in March.

"Now more than $477 million has been forwarded as grant advances to 57 councils across the state. This is aimed at accelerating the flow of reconstruction dollars back into affected communities," Ms Bligh said.

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