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

Funding unlocked for Toowoomba flood fix

Media Release

MM220/2018

22 November 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads

The Hon Dr John McVeigh MP

Federal Member for Groom

Mr Glenn Butcher MP

QLD Assistant Minister for Treasury

The Australian and Queensland Governments will fund upgrades to the Warrego Highway at East and West Creeks in Toowoomba to better flood-proof the central business district.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the investment would keep the road open during wet weather and improve protection against flooding during more serious rain events.

“Gone will be the days where motorists are significantly affected by floodwaters in these locations, thanks to culvert upgrades over these two creeks,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Member for Groom John McVeigh has been a strong advocate for this upgrade and I am pleased that we're back here today and able to deliver practical solutions to the road's flood immunity problems.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgraded culverts would help guard against one-in-100-year flood events and further improve the flow of the creeks from works that have already been completed upstream.

“We all know what an impact the 2011 floods had throughout Tooowoomba's CBD and I am pleased we are working together to better protect the city in the future,” Mr Bailey said.

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said Toowoomba Regional Council was to be congratulated for the work it had already completed to better protect Toowoomba's CBD from flooding.

“Keeping James Street safe and accessible during heavy rain is a very important investment in keeping our community connected in times of crisis as we saw back in 2011,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The upgrade to culverts on James Street, at Kitchener Street and beside the PCYC, are the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle and will complete Toowoomba's major overhaul of flood mitigation measures throughout the city.”

Queensland Assistant Minister for Treasury and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the Department of Transport and Main Roads has done a lot of legwork in terms of upgrade planning and associated works to prepare for the culvert upgrades.

“Between 16,000 and 21,900 vehicles use these parts of the highway on an average day, and close to a quarter are heavy vehicles, so the number of locals standing to benefit from a safer and more accessible road is significant,” Mr Butcher said.

Construction is expected to start by mid-2019 and be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.

The Australian Government has committed a total of $13.52 million to fund the $16.9 million Warrego Highway—West Creek and East Creek Culvert Upgrades, in partnership with the Queensland Government.