EARLY works to repair major damage caused to Marlborough-Sarina Road as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie are days away from commencing.
Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today that works to restore the major slip failures on the Marlborough-Sarina Road, which was closed after Cyclone Debbie, were expected to begin within the week.
The community has been forced to drive one and half hours to reach Sarina, which was just a short drive before the range was closed.
The change of route has caused troubles for the community and the now busy Koumala-Bolingbroke Rd.
There have been town hall meetings and frustration from the community that no visible work was being done.
"There was a lot of work that had to be done before people could get on the ranges," Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said.
"I don't care who puts the money up I just what it to be done which is what I am pleased about the announcement," he said.
"I am really happy to see it happening."
Mr Keenan said assistance to restore the road is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
"The NDRRA is providing local councils and state agencies with much needed funding, in a timely manner, for the reconstruction of essential public assets after disaster events like Tropical Cyclone Debbie," Mr Keenan said.
Restoring access to the range is a massive task, with the damage including two major slips and 10 minor slips along the range.
Repairs will initially include soil nailing and meshing to stabilise the uphill slope, and to allow the downhill treatment to be built safely. Full restoration of the major slip is expected to be completed by the end of December 2018, weather permitting.
"We are determined to re-open the road, and we are working tirelessly to restore access for surrounding communities. We are getting on with the job, and I'm proud to announce we are now expecting works to repair this road to begin within the next few days," Premier Palaszczuk said.
"From the Burdekin to Beaudesert, the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie was unprecedented, but the damage to the Sarina range was perhaps the most severe of that 1,000 kilometre-long trail of destruction."
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