Authority born from disasters

Posted June 3, 2015



Two key infrastructure projects will be central to the recovery of Livingstone Shire in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.

The storm tore through the region taking with it homes, buildings and crops.

The immediate damage assessment for primary producers alone was $200m, said Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig.

“It’s going to be a significant re-build of infrastructure and crops,” he said. “The missing dollars from tourism and farming industries was a big hit the region.”

“It will really bite when the dollars from the primary producers aren’t in the economy so we need other avenues to stimulate it.”

In response, the council is putting forward proposals to fast track two major projects on the Capricorn Coast.

At the centre of the Livingstone Shire Council recovery plan is a Category D partnership proposal to the State and Federal Government aimed at kick-starting the recovery process.

The proposal is built around plans to fast track two major ‘iconic’ projects on the Capricorn Coast that will aim to deliver immediate economic stimulus to help rebuild the region’s tourism, construction, small business and service industry sectors.

The council also hopes these projects will generate on-going long-term employment within the region and will facilitate private sector investment.

The first and major project component is a re-scoped roll out of stages four and five of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Tourist and Business Precinct Revitalisation Master Plan.

These stages will build on the momentum of the soon to be commenced Stage 3 jointly funded by State and Local Government under the Royalties for Regions program.

It includes replacement and strengthening of the seawalls, the ‘undergrounding’ of power, reconfiguration of traffic flow and road design to better manage stormwater and storm-tide inundation and relocation of council chambers to a more secure location away from the storm surge impact zone.

The second project is proposed for the southern end of the Capricorn Coast and involves the completion of the final stages of the Emu Park CBD foreshore tourist and business precinct and the now under-construction Centenary of Anzac Precinct and Commemorative Headland Boardwalk Project.

“These book-end projects will kick start the construction industry and boost the economy post natural disaster,” Cr Ludwig said.

“We use the example of 1998 when Townsville was impacted by a major cyclone, state and federal funding along with local funding did The Strand foreshore redevelopment.”

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