Drainage and kerb works improve flood resilience

As part of Ipswich City Council’s efforts to improve the community’s flood resilience, an important upgrade has been completed at Alice Street, Blackstone.

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the installation of drainage and stormwater culverts, as well as kerb and channel rehabilitation, would help mitigate the impact of future downpours.

“Improving flood resilience across the city’s road network is an important and ongoing focus for council,” Mayor Harding said.

“Flooding is an unfortunate part of life for our city, but projects such as this $2.2 million upgrade of Alice Street will provide greater flood resilience and a better outcome for the local community.”

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the upgrade works included the installation of three pre-cast concrete box culverts.

“The new culverts will significantly improve how the street handles major downpours, leading to improved outcomes for local motorists and residents,” Cr Tully said.

Division 1 Councillor Jacob Madsen thanked the community for its patience while the works took place.

“These were major works, which were delayed by unforeseen circumstances, causing some disruption for the local community, but I want to thank everyone for their patience while this important project was delivered,” Cr Madsen said.

Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said the outcome was a positive one for local residents.

“This project prompted many residents to make contact with council and to have input into the project,” Cr Ireland said.

“It was great to see so many people take an interest in an Ipswich City Council infrastructure project.”

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said this was great news for Ipswich residents.

“The Albanese Government knows how hard it has been for local councils to maintain and improve local road networks, especially following repeated flooding,” Mr Neumann said.

“I am pleased we can provide the financial support so council can deliver critical infrastructure like this to improve flood resilience, meet community needs and create local jobs.”

The project was delivered with $1.5 million in funding from the Australian Government – Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP) Phase 3.

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