Funding potential for flood-prone Granville bridge approach

FUNDING to raise the flood-prone approaches to the Granville Bridge may finally be within reach.

Fraser Coast Regional Council is finalising an application to share in $47 million of state funding to help protect properties from being inundated during a flood.

Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said she had spoken with Minister for Flood Recovery David Crisafulli and said he was keen to see a project go ahead in Maryborough with the funding.

She said an appropriate application with support would be viewed favourably by Mr Crisafulli.

The Granville bridge approaches were been identified as a particular priority, Mrs Maddern said.

The approaches are covered by water before the bridge itself, cutting off the Granville suburb from the rest of Maryborough for several days during a large flood.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was encouraged to know the project would likely be affordable if the council's application for grant money succeeds.

Granville was cut off by floodwaters in 2013, 2012 and 2011.

"The first thing is to get our hat in the ring," he said.

He said other flood mitigation projects identified as a priority were flood-proofing a route between Maryborough and Hervey Bay, and mitigating flooding in the Maryborough CBD.

The projects were identified through a committee with councillors, council engineering staff, Mrs Maddern and local residents.

The council will have to contribute to funding any project approved under the grants.

Cr O'Connell said the council would finalise its application in the next four-five weeks.

Note: An earlier version of this story stated Ms Maddern said the Granville bridge approach on Lower Kent St had been identified as a particular priority but she was referring to the approach through Tiger St and up to Mary St which intersect with Lower Kent St. 

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