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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said we are extremely pleased that Councilhas been successful in gaining $2.48m in Federal Government funding to upgrade ArgylePark Road to increase flood immunity from 1 in 2 years to 1 in 100 years.
“The upgrade to the existing culvert structure and road formation will provide a safe access routeto the recently constructed Bowen Cyclone Shelter, during heavy rain,” she said.
“Currently, Argyle Park Road is one of a few access points for residents seeking safe shelter at the Bowen Cyclone Shelter or higher ground during natural disasters.
“However, during significant rain events it is cut off with the flooding of Bells Gully, an overflow ofthe Don River, or from receiving considerable local runoff.
“Argyle Park Road currently operates with a flood immunity of approximately 1 in 2 years whichmeans that once there is significant rainfall in the catchment, residents of Queens Beach, Queens Bay, Horseshoe Bay and Rose Bay are stranded within a high risk storm surge area.
“This can create a dangerous situation during a cyclonic event, which generally brings heavyrainfall before crossing the coast.
“This can mean that residents within this area are left with no access to the Cyclone Shelter oralternative higher ground locations and limited access to emergency services and food and water supplies.
“This project will now increase the flood immunity of Argyle Park Road to a 1 in 100 year byincreasing the capacity and efficiency of the Bells Gully culvert crossing.
“Council thanks the Federal Government for acknowledging the significance of this project to thepeople of Bowen and providing the funding to help us build a more flood resilient community,” she said.
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