Flooding happens all too often on Pomona's roads
Flooding happens all too often on Pomona's roads

Funding flows to low-lying regions

A POT of gold will leave dozens of homes in Noosa Shire high and dry - good news for homeowners who experience regular flooding.

On Friday, three tiers of government - Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, Noosa MP Glen Elmes and Noosa mayor Noel Playford - announced funding for major flood mitigation work in Tewantin, Pomona and Cooroy areas.

The announcement was made at Tewantin's flood-prone Daintree Estate, which suffered huge damage in the February 2012 deluge.

Residents' homes will now be safeguarded with flood-mitigation work funded to the tune of $1.5 million, with each tier of government contributing about $430,000.

The money will cover increased drainage channel capacity, diversion of floodwaters to a nearby creek, bund construction and extra culverts as well as re-profiling of road reserve areas.

In 2012, in just one hour Cooroy endured a thundering 181mm of rain, setting an all-time record deluge for the Sunshine Coast.

To ease further flooding, Noosa Council co-ordinated with the Queensland Transport and Main Roads department, which has agreed to include mitigation work near Ashgrove Dr as part of improvements to the Bruce Hwy.

In a prior announcement, just over $1.5 million will go to separate project to remedy low-lying areas in Pomona, including Rifle St.

The Federal and State governments, with Noosa Council, will each contribute about $500,000 to have the capacity of drainage channels increased, divert floodwaters to a nearby creek, construct bunds and resume land.

Mr Elmes warned it would not be possible to "disaster-proof Noosa".

"But we can help those who need it most," he said.


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