News

Campbell Newman commits $5m for flood works in Emerald

CHRC manager for corporate governance Bill Wilkinson takes Premier Campbell Newman through plans for flood mitigation works at the Nogoa River Rail Bridge. Photo Rebekah Polley / CQ News
CHRC manager for corporate governance Bill Wilkinson takes Premier Campbell Newman through plans for flood mitigation works at the Nogoa River Rail Bridge. Photo Rebekah Polley / CQ News Rebekah Polley EME180913newman03

THE Central Highlands Regional Council has secured $5 million for flood mitigation works at the Nogoa River Rail Bridge under the State Government's Royalties for the Regions program.

Premier Campbell Newman this morning said the Nogoa River Rail Bridge Capacity Improvement and Upstream Levee Development was the first project in the state to receive funding under the program.

"The council put forward a very strong business case for this project," Mr Newman said.

"The floods in Emerald in recent years have underscored the urgent need for mitigation measures."

The CHRC will contribute $1.25m toward the project, which Premier Newman hailed as a win for the local community.

"In 2010, 1060 residences had water over their floors," Mr Newman said.

"The scope of the project works will include the installation of culverts, the excavation of a larger opening under the rail bridge to improve the flow of water underneath, and the construction of levees upstream to protect against flood waters.

"The measures we're announcing today will help protect Emerald against future flooding events such as those experienced in 2008 and 2010, which had a devastating impact on homes and businesses."

Mr Newman said discussions were ongoing with regards to financial commitments from the Commonwealth Government.

Topics:  campbell newman, central highlands regional council, emerald, flooding, royalties for the region


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Isaac wins national backing to end postcode discrimination

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker Photo Contributed

Isaac wins national backing to end postcode discrimination

Who you gonna call Central Highlands?

Scott Mason, CEO of Central Highlands Regional Council. Emerald. Photo Di Stanley / CQ News

Call 133 242 686 for all your council enquiries

Search for a star begins on the Highlands

Kaye, Chelsy, Angelie, Nikki and Kate of the Emerald Philipines Australian Association performed at the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival. Photo Amber Hooker / CQ News

2016 marks 12th annual Central Highlands Multicultural Festival

Latest deals and offers

Anything goes show promised for Emerald

FRESH after the Maroons triumph last week, New South Welshman and comedy duo ‘Fletch and Hindy’ picked a bad weekend to grace Emerald.

Searching for stolen items

Police are asking anyone with information on the stolen trailer to contact them.

Anyone with information on stolen bikes and trailer to come forward.

Isaac wins national backing to end postcode discrimination

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker Photo Contributed

Isaac wins national backing to end postcode discrimination

Who you gonna call Central Highlands?

Scott Mason, CEO of Central Highlands Regional Council. Emerald. Photo Di Stanley / CQ News

Call 133 242 686 for all your council enquiries

Rio Tinto to pay $24,000 for refusing to pay sick leave

Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Coal mine west of Mackay.

Rio Tinto has been ordered to pay $24,000 to the CFMEU.

Search for a star begins on the Highlands

Kaye, Chelsy, Angelie, Nikki and Kate of the Emerald Philipines Australian Association performed at the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival. Photo Amber Hooker / CQ News

2016 marks 12th annual Central Highlands Multicultural Festival

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%