Stage 2A of the Roma Flood Mitigation project includes:
- Construction of a diversion channel (Eastern Diversion Channel) to the east of Bungil Creek; and
- An extension of the current levee (Western Levee) to the west of Bungil Creek.
The works are scheduled to be completed by December 2018 (weather permitting).
Stage 2A is being project managed and constructed by Council to allow the team to be onsite to quickly and efficiently resolve design and construction issues that may arise. It also provides better opportunity for Council to involve local employees and contractors to help deliver the works.
Deputy Mayor, Jan Chambers, Portfolio Chair for Major Projects, said it is exciting to see works progress on the Eastern Diversion Channel and extension of the Levee.
"Since completion of the Roma Flood Mitigation Project - Stage 1, Council has been able to reduce the risk of above-floor flooding to approximately 480 homes in Roma should a flood event similar to 2012 occur," Cr Chambers said.
"Stage 2A will see an additional 51 properties benefit from flood mitigation infrastructure.
"This is a huge project for Council and local residents. It is great to see our team undertaking, managing and delivering a project of this scale."
During the construction period, motorists are reminded that traffic restrictions are in place on a number of streets and roads surrounding the works. These include George Street East, Short Street, Miscamble Street East and Edwardes Street North. Works will also affect Ashburn Road, however impacts will be minimised where possible to ensure easy access to Roma's Waste Facility is maintained.
Council has advised the Insurance Council of Australia of the commencement of the project so that it can brief its members. We will continue to liaise with the Insurance Council during and post construction to provide any details they require. Whilst the ultimate decision on premiums is a matter for the individual insurance companies, any infrastructure that reduces flood risk is a critically important consideration for all insurers.
Funding for this stage of works has been provided by the Australian Government under the Commonwealth National Insurance Affordability Initiative ($4.98 million), the Queensland Government under the Building our Regions program ($3.09 million) and Maranoa Regional Council ($666,000).
For more information, please contact Council on 1300 007 662 or click here.