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Money flows for levees and riverbank rebuild

Eliza Rogers, Thursday August 29, 2013 - 14:39 EST
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The State Government is funding the rebuilding of a major landslip on the banks of the Burnett River at Midtown Marina in Bundaberg. - ABC

The State Government this morning announced nearly $2.4 million to build two levees and stabilise a popular part of the Burnett riverbank in the Bundaberg region.

One levee will be built adjacent to Technology Park and the other between Batchlers and Mt Perry roads, and a badly-eroded part of the Burnett River at Midtown Marina will be built up and backfilled.

Community Recovery and Resilience minister David Crisafulli said government had worked with Bundaberg Regional Council, which had mapped out a vision for the future.

He realised the obstacles, but said authorities had to step up response.

"You'll never flood-proof towns like Bundaberg, but that doesn't mean we can't do of a hell of a lot better."

Mayor of Bundaberg Regional Council Mal Forman said the bank stabilisation at Midtown Marina was prioritised in line with public demand.

"It's a big scar on our community."

Bundaberg Regional Council will also receive almost $82,500 for flood studies of the Lower Burnett River and lower Kolan River and Gin Gin Creek catchments.


- ABC

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