By Jackie Dobson
A portable water supply system will be built near Emu Park, with the Livingstone Shire Council to receive $2 million for its design and construction.The funding will come from $6 million slated for projects in five Queensland council areas heavily impacted by last year’s bushfires.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the Livingstone Shire Council project is to design and construct a four-megalitre concrete potable water supply reservoir and associated infrastructure.
“The reservoir will be built just to the west of Emu Park off the Rockhampton-Emu Park Road,” Ms Lauga said.
“It’s a $2.5 million project and Livingstone Shire Council is contributing $500,000.
“Some areas of Livingstone Shire were hard hit by the bushfires and, in some instances, some are still recovering.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the support will help local communities recover, enable infrastructure and support community connection following the devastating 2019-20 fires.
“The project will provide a long lasting and tangible benefit for fire affected communities and will reduce the risk of water shortages when fighting fires,” she said.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland said the funding was a welcome boost to the community in challenging times.
“Livingstone Shire remains fully drought declared and a secure water supply is essential, especially during bushfires like we saw last season,” he said.
Funding will also go to:
Mountain to Mountain (trail development and activation)
A fire trail enhancement project in Somerset to help improve firefighting access, while also supporting recreational use to improve physical and mental health among the local community, and creating jobs.
Boonah Cultural and Community Hub
An upgrade to the Boonah Culturaland Community Hub in the Scenic Rim to support community connection and social interaction. The upgraded facility will also provide space for a community recovery hub and training in disaster preparedness in the future.
Noosa Hinterland recreation trails upgrade (Pomona Section)
A fire-trail enhancement project focusing on the upgrade of hinterland trails to deliver economic stimulus in the construction and tourism sectors.
Chillagoe Bore and Water Main Construction
Securing water supplies in Mareeba, which will reduce the risk of water shortages when fighting fires.