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$10m promised by Gillard is green light for Ipswich flood work

RECOVERY PACKAGE: Funding has finally arrived for flood mitigation works promised after the 2013 deluge.
RECOVERY PACKAGE: Funding has finally arrived for flood mitigation works promised after the 2013 deluge. Rob Williams

THE much-anticipated $10 million promised in Ipswich by then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard for flood mitigation works has finally arrived.

Ms Gillard came to Ipswich last February to announce a package to provide $10 million to help Ipswich recover and rebuild after the Australia Day floods.

As the QT reported, the funding commitment became a political football with the State Government blaming its LNP Federal counterparts for delaying the delivery of the money.

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But Ipswich City Council says it has now received a $10 million Federal Government grant for flood mitigation works under the National Insurance Affordability Initiative.

Council infrastructure boss Cheryl Bromage said eight projects would be carried out in Ipswich under the funding over the next two financial years. They include:

  • Thagoona - construction of a swale, culverts and bund along Karrabin-Rosewood Rd from O'Shea Gully to Unnamed Gully, North South swale and the railway swale ($2.2 million).
  • Redbank Plains - upgrade the pipe system between Shirley St and Colleen Crt to increase its capacity and improve stormwater conveyance ($1.1 million).
  • Redbank Plains - construction of a detention basin and drainage structures, rediversion of drainage paths within Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve, construction of a detention basin/protection levee within Sandra Nolan Park and reconfiguration of drainage paths to the west of Cedar Rd ($2.6 million).
  • Rosewood - upgrade/reconfigure Masons Gully and the Town Drain including culvert upgrades to increase its capacity and improve stormwater conveyance ($2.5 million).
  • Raceview - upgrade the culverts under Whitehill Rd/channel works and Briggs Rd to improve their capacity ($750,000).
  • Yamanto - construct a drainage channel along the western side of Kerners Rd to improve stormwater conveyance ($50,000).
  • Brassall - flood mitigation works in the Suttons Park/Hunter St/Haig St precinct ($400,000).
  • Ipswich Central - construction of a detention basin in Limestone Park ($400,000).

Cr Bromage is delighted the delivery of the funding will now enable these projects to proceed.

"Now that the funding has been received council will now enter the design and delivery phase of each of these projects," she said.

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said he "remains committed to delivering on this commitment swiftly and efficiently".

"The National Partnership Agreement has been signed by the parties involved and payments will be made according to the terms of the agreement," he said.

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"Under the Project Agreement, the Queensland Government needs to report to the Commonwealth that the first project milestone has been achieved by the end of September.

"Following the Federal Government's assessment that the milestone has been achieved, the first payment of $3 million will be made to the Queensland Government. Two further payments will be made in early 2016 and mid-2016."

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