Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Additional flood–resilience on the way for Yeppen Floodplain

Media Release

DC422/2017

13 December 2017

Joint release with:

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

  • $8 million of savings used to improve safety and flood-resilience south of Rockhampton
  • Additional safety improvements to enhance access to and from Rockhampton during major flood events
  • Works complement the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade completed in November 2015

The Yeppen Floodplain south of Rockhampton is set for additional flood-resilience and safety improvements thanks to an $8 million investment approved today by the Australian Government.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester joined Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd on site today, and said the Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade project would help maintain access to Rockhampton via the Bruce Highway during major flooding events on the Fitzroy River Floodplain.

During extreme weather events this will allow the safe management of traffic on bridges and detours on connection roads by using:

  • 6 variable message signs,
  • 3 Portable traffic signals, and
  • 6 CCTV Cameras to monitor the road and update message signs in real time.

“These improvements are part of the $8.5 billion, 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, and they are going to help avoid the millions of dollars of lost productivity caused by flooding events,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the project followed on from the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade completed in November 2015, with the package set to keep residents and emergency services connected during times of crisis.

“The Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade project raised and duplicated the Bruce Highway between the Burnett Highway and the Capricorn Highway intersection, which during Cyclone Debbie helped to avoid losses of nearly $5.5 million per day across the Rockhampton region,” Ms Landry said.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the additional works would complement the earlier upgrade.

“We love seeing the rain clouds roll in over the horizon but if we can't keep our wheels rolling on the roads, it costs our region millions of dollars in lost revenue,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“The existing upgrade helped maintain access to and from Rockhampton during ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, keeping residents and businesses moving and minimising the economic damage of that disaster. The savings made on that project will now be deployed to improve reliability and resilience of the highway even further.”

The $8 million additional safety improvement works are being funded using project savings, with $6.4 million of Australian Government funding, and $1.6 million Queensland Government funding utilised. The works are expected to be completed around April 2018.