Flood resilient upgrades finished ahead of schedule

Retaining wall upgrades at North Station Road are now complete, after council delivered 380 new soil anchors, safety fencing, guardrails, and changes to the stormwater network in response to community concerns.

The $1.8 million upgrades supported an estimated 14 jobs in the local community and were co-funded by Ipswich City Council and the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner said completion of works would be welcomed by residents, pedestrians, and road users.

“These resurfacing works have improved the local road network, providing a safer and smoother ride for road users who rely on this busy section of North Station Road,” Cr Fechner said.

“Importantly, the upgrade to the local stormwater system will help minimise the impact of future flood events on nearby homes.”

Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle thanked residents for their patience.

“North Booval residents, like so many across Ipswich, were terribly impacted by the 2011 floods and I’m delighted their long wait for these essential works is over,” Cr Doyle said.

“We thank residents and road users for their patience over the last months as the project was undertaken. We look forward to continuing to work with both the Federal and State Governments to achieve good outcomes for Ipswich residents and ratepayers.”

Local Senator Paul Scarr welcomed the completion of the works jointly funded under the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

“These are worthwhile projects, supported by a great Federal program which helps councils deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects – supporting jobs and local businesses and helping local economies bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Senator Scarr said.

Ipswich City Council contributed $700,000 towards the flood-proofing upgrades which were completed four weeks ahead of schedule.

The remaining $1.1 million was provided through the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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