Cardwell Open for Business Once More

Media Release

WT024/2013

09 November 2013

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

Andrew Cripps

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Member for Hinchinbrook

Cardwell is, once again, a bustling seaside village thanks to a $40 million makeover launched today.

The Reconstructing Cardwell project is now complete. The foreshore was reconstructed with $27 million in Australian Government funding and $12.2 million from the Queensland Government.

It follows the massive destruction the tourist town received at the hand of Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the Cardwell community, Cassowary Coast residents and visitors to far north Queensland will all be winners.

“Cardwell's road infrastructure and environment are now more resilient in the face of potential natural disasters and better aligned with the community's vision,” Mr Truss said.

“The Reconstructing Cardwell project has delivered a safe, reliable and more efficient road for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transport operators.”

Speaking onsite today, Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said the investment by local, state and Australian governments would build a stronger, tougher Cardwell.

“Since August 2012, this small town has seen an influx of engineers, contractors and sub-contractors to assist with Cardwell's recovery process, which has helped support the town's local economy,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The face of Cardwell has been changed with the reconstruction of the Bruce Highway through the town, the construction of a rock wall and the redevelopment of almost five kilometres of the foreshore.”

Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, welcomed the opening of the project on behalf of Premier Campbell Newman. 

“Completion of these works delivers critical local infrastructure to the local residents of Cardwell and the travelling public to reconnect and rebuild the community and support vital industries, such as tourism” Mr Cripps said.

“I am pleased to be here today to witness this historic event and see this beautiful seaside village in better shape than ever.”

The Reconstructing Cardwell project was delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), a joint Australian Government and State initiative. The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Cassowary Coast Regional Council also provided complementary funding to the project.