Drainage key focus of 2020/21 Budget
Council has set aside $1.39 million of its 2020/21 Budget to fund a number of drainage capital projects and the maintenance of existing infrastructure.
Burdekin Shire Council is taking measures to improve drainage across the Shire following two years of severe weather events, with $1.39 million of its 2020/21 Budget set to fund a number of drainage capital projects and the maintenance of existing infrastructure.
The funding announcement comes following unprecedented localised flooding across the Burdekin in January 2020, and the North Queensland Monsoon Trough in January 2019.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that while both were extreme events, the construction of significant new drainage projects would ensure the Shire was better prepared for future events.
“Council is continuing to assess infrastructure across the region to ensure it is fit for purpose and while none of us could have predicted the large rainfall events our Shire experienced over the past two years, problem areas were identified,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council has allocated $1.02 million towards capital projects for the construction of new drainage across the Shire, while $370,000 will go towards maintaining existing infrastructure.
“Of note, $500,000 will go towards upgrading drainage in problem areas along Queen and Parker Streets to ensure future wet weather doesn’t impact local businesses.”
To access the Burdekin Shire Council 2020/21 Budget document, visit https://bit.ly/BDKBudget.