Flooded road with road closed signage

We are progressing with an extensive road assessment and repair program across the Region so that our roads remain safe, accessible, and resilient to future natural disaster events.

Since November 2021, more than 7,600 temporary emergency repairs have been completed. The next phase of delivery involves permanent reconstruction works.

We have fast tracked the delivery of the first $6 Million of priority works and the project is moving into the next phase of permanent reconstruction works which is likely to total around $100 million and is expected to be completed by Mid-2024, weather permitting.

The works involve desilting and repair of drainage structures, gravel re-sheeting, formation grading, shoulder regrading, replacing culverts, and pavement repairs.

Project Updates

Last updated 23 September 2022

Our Flood Recovery Program has reached a major milestone, completing the last of 42 replacements of culvert and floodways severely impacted by the Southern Queensland heavy rainfall and flooding event during February 2020.

Works related to the 2020 Flood Recovery Program included more than:

  • 330km of gravel road treatments
  • 80,000m3 approximate removal of silt and material
  • 120 culvert repairs, including 42 replacements
  • 3400 locations of works completed
  • $30 million for total works.

We have also completed all emergency works from flooding events in November 21, February 22 and May 22. This included works at more than 7600 sites around the region, totalling around $16.4M. You can view some of these works in the gallery below.

Priority works have now started, with the first roads to be worked on below.

North

Merritts Creek Road, Pechey, Pierces Creek Road, Crows Nest & West Prairie Road, Yargullen

Central

Gowrie Little Plain Road, Nobbs Road, Westbrook

South

Ted Mengel, Nobby & Preston Boundary Road, Top Camp

We are currently pursuing a number of additional funding avenues for flood recovery works related to community and recreational facilities, environmental recovery and prevention programs including flood risk management.

We encourage you to keep informed on the works in your area by regularly checking the list of roadworks and road closures that might impact you.

We encourage you to be prepared by following our five steps for preparing for emergencies.

During a disaster we will provide information on our Disaster Dashboard.

 

Flood recovery works FAQs

The flood recovery works is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government under the Disaster Relief and Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). This funding provides disaster relief and recovery payments and infrastructure restoration to help communities recover from the effects of natural disasters and terrorist acts. In Queensland, this program is managed on a whole-of-government basis by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

Emergent works are emergency works and immediate reconstruction works that: 

  • happen soon after a disaster
  • involve roads being made safe 
  • restore public access
  • are temporary in nature.

Permanent repair or reconstruction works: 

  • follow the completion of emergent work 
  • require more planning, engineering and design 
  • take longer to complete than emergent works
  • deliver reinstatement to previous condition. 

In order to claim the funding available from QRA to repair our road network, a rigorous damage assessment process is required, including site visits and documenting damage with photos. As a result of this process, you may have noticed council staff visiting impacted areas to gather this data. 

Although this process may be demanding at times given the large amount of damage to our road network, claiming eligible funds is in the best interest of our community. These funds help us recover from the effects of natural disasters.

In order to claim funding from QRA to repair our road network an assessment process is required. 

If damage to a road asset was not caused by flood damage in the specifically declared events, that damaged asset is not eligible for funding under the Disaster Relief and Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Other road repair and maintenance issues can be raised by contacting us

Flood recovery works are being completed under set funding arrangements. To obtain this funding, Council has to abide by the prescribed treatment guide for each damaged road.

In some instances, Council must rebuild damaged culverts/floodways to a new standard in accordance with Department of Agricultural and Fisheries (DAF) accepted development requirements for operational work that is constructing or raising waterway barrier works (WWBW).

Information about WWBW can be found on the DAF website.

An exceptional circumstances package has been released by the QRA and is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to support Queensland communities in recovery from three significant weather events during the 2021-22 Queensland summer.

More information of funding available can be found on the QRA Website.

You can raise and issue or concern about the Flood Recovery Works by contacting us

 

Emergent works gallery

Before After

 back creek before

Emergent works - Back Creek Road, Crows Nest

 back creek after

Completed temporary repair on road shoulder

 emu creek road before

Emergent works - Emu Creek Road, Emu Creek

 emu creek road after

Completed temporary repairs to restore community access

 frith road geeham before

Emergent works - Frith Road, Geham

 frith road geeham after

Completed temporary repairs including temporary culvert to restore community access

 maria creek road before

Emergent works - Maria Creek Road, Anduramba

 maria creek road after

Constructed temporary side-track to allow community access