Flood Resilience Boost for Kobble Creek Residents

29/10/2013

Residents and farmers in Pringles Rd, Kobble Creek will no longer have to fear weeks of isolation after heavy rainfall, thanks to a $567,367 betterment grant announced today.

Mr Dale Shuttleworth, Member for Ferny Grove and Mr Seath Holswich, Member for Pine Rivers, announced the funding that will replace gravel floodways with concrete culverts, stabilize creek banks and realign Pringles Road away from Kobble Creek.

"Pringles Road residents experience road closures an average of three to four times per year after heavy rainfall," Mr Shuttleworth said.

"Each time the road floods Moreton Bay Regional Council undertake work to reopen the road, but residents quickly tire of the road washing away and being impassible after every significant rainfall event."

The cost of restoration of the road following the flood events of January 2013 was estimated at $51,153.

Mr Holswich said the Newman Government is determined to ensure the Kobble Creek community is protected from future flood events.

"After years of governments being focused solely on rebuilding after disasters, we've recognised that floods are part of life here in Queensland and we've got to build extra resilience against those floods."

"We have listened to the concerns of Pringles Road residents and have worked closely with Council and the Minister to provide this solution that will minimise future flood impacts and fix the problems."

"Our government made a promise to Queensland that we would deliver better infrastructure and better planning - projects such as this betterment project deliver on that commitment."

The total cost of the project is estimated at $818,520, of which $51,153 is NDRRA Category B eligible, $200,000 is contributed by Moreton Bay Regional Council and $567,367 from the joint State and Federal Government Betterment Fund.