Poona flood fix nearer

THE final plan for a $940,000 project to prevent Poona being isolated by floods is expected to be finalised by the end of the month.

It is one of five road projects funded by the state and federal government's Betterment Fund on the Fraser Coast that are still in the planning stages.

The Poona Rd project includes upgrading a causeway that was so severely damaged in the 2011 and 2013 floods, residents could not use the road even after floodwaters receded.

Division 2 councillor Phil Truscott said once the plans for the Poona Rd project were finalised, it would then go to the council for approval, which could take one to two weeks. The project would then go up for tender.

Cr Truscott said the project had not been affected by the shortage of contractors that has affected private home owners and primary producers still trying to repair flood damage.

"We are not short of contractors at this stage," Cr Truscott said.

Master Builders regional manager Michael Hopkins said full repairs after any major disaster took time, with builders often having to wait for instructions from insurance companies as well as other issues.

"It takes a long time, often several years," he said.

Mr Hopkins encouraged people still looking for contractors after the floods to use the Find A Master Builder search tool to avoid being scammed.

"It is an unfortunate reality that some people do seek to profit from the floods," he said.

He said it was a legitimate concern that some repairs may not be done before the next wet season because of the demand on contractors.

Visit masterbuilders.asn.au for more information.

Betterment Fund

  • Five Fraser Coast projects approved, total of $1.8m in state and federal funding.
  • Fraser Coast Council will put in another $1.8m.


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