Queensland Betterment Funds will be used to restore the Moreton Bay area, which was damaged earlier this year by Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli announced the funding in a media statement last week.

After suffering severe damage from Tropical Cyclone Oswald at the begging of 2013, the popular bike lane and pedestrian path running along the Margate shorefront will be rebuilt to a better standard as part of the Government’s initiative for stronger and better infrastructure in the coast region.

A meeting between Crisafulli, Member for Murrumba Reg Gulley, LNP Candidate for Petrie Luke Howarth and representatives from the Moreton Bay Regional Council was set up to determine the best course of action for the devastated area, which is a major tourist attraction.

“The Redcliffe area is popular for its relaxed seaside lifestyle, not just for locals, but tourists looking for a sea change. The improvements to this section of the path will be good for local restaurants, cafes, accommodation providers, retail outlets and the recreational lifestyle of locals and tourists alike,” Crisafulli said.

Margate Beach

Margate Beach, Brisbane, QLD.

The restoration project will include a number of reconstruction works, such as a new stepped concrete seawall designed to withstand “a one in 100 year storm” and to protect nearby public infrastructure.

“We are putting an end to the short-sighted approach of rebuilding essential infrastructure to the same standard, only to see it damaged again. Councils across the state understand the value of building infrastructure that lasts longer than the next storm season,” Crisafulli said.

“The plan is to be carried out under the $80 million ‘betterment’ program, a Newman Government initiative to give councils the chance to rebuild less damage-prone public infrastructure.”

The Queensland Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Poona Road

Poona Road, Poona damage from the 2013 event.

Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Government approved funding of $40 million, to go along with matching funds from Queensland Government, to create the current $80 million Betterment Fund.

The fund aims to increase the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters while reducing future expenditure on asset restoration, incidents, injuries and fatalities during and after natural disasters, and improving asset utility during and after natural disasters.

The betterment framework, managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, allows local councils to restore or replace essential public assets damaged by Tropical Cyclone Oswald to a more disaster-resilient standard than they were prior to Oswald.

Other projects approved this year by the Queensland Betterment Fund include the North Burnett Regional Council, Gayndah water intake reconstruction project; the Bundaberg Regional Council, Blacks Road, Barretts Road and Gentle Annie Bridge upgrade plan; the South Burnett Regional Council – Mondure Wheatlands Road project; the Fraser Coast Regional Council – Roads upgrade package; the Gympie Regional Council – Roads upgrade package (west); and the Bundaberg Regional Council – Bucca upgrade Road.