Repair work to fix landslips that occurred during the 2010/2011 floods along Maleny-Kenilworth and Maleny-Stanley River Roads will finally be getting underway and the local Member couldn’t be happier.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP lobbied the previous Government on behalf of the Hinterland community in the wake of the damaging floods and was told the money pot had run dry.
“For more than eighteen months now these Hinterland communities have been forced to travel on single lanes with electronic sensors and traffic signals, resulting in delays and increasing frustration.
“Maleny-Kenilworth Road also serves as a tourist route and the continued closure of this vital tourist link has impacted on the experience had by visitors to this region,” Mr Powell commented.
The reconstruction works on these roads will be part of a package of projects involving a number of roads in the North Coast Region and will be delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding.
“The timeframe for works should see the package go to tender in November 2012 with the award of the contract expected in the first quarter of 2013. Specific timetabling for works on individual roads will be determined once the contract is awarded.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have also advised new designs for Grigor Bridge along Maleny-Kenilworth Road in Conondale.
“Residents will be overjoyed to hear that TMR have listened to their concerns and the new bridge design allows for a two lane bridge that will be built higher than the existing structure to a 20 year flood immunity.
“This project will kick off during the first quarter of 2013 with construction to be timed around the breeding periods of a number of iconic Mary River species,” Mr Powell concluded.