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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to commence construction to upgrade Argyle Park Road in Bowen to provide improved flood immunity.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that further design and investigation work had been undertaken with consultants AECOM and as a result a number of upgrade options were put forward to Council.
“The design adopted by Council will see a reduction of 200mm in the flood level directly upstream of the Argyle Park Road crossing and this will need to be accompanied by future upgrades to Bells Gully between Argyle Park Road and Soldiers Road,” Mayor Whitney said.
“This upgrade combined with the future upgrade works will provide flood immunity for a local 100 year ARI flow and the base case model Q100 outflow from the Don River,” she said.
“The construction of this high level access will provide a safe evacuation route and access to the Bowen Cyclone Shelter for residents in the beach suburbs of Bowen,” she said.
“Council thanks the Federal and State Governments for acknowledging the significance of this project to the people of Bowen and providing the funding to help us build on improved flood immunity for the community.”
Further information will be provided regarding the construction commencement date and any interruptions this may cause to the traffic network. It is expected construction will be completed by December 2015.
The project is funded under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program from the former Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience to the sum of $2,486,000 to provide improved flood immunity to access the Cyclone Shelter.