Nov 13, 2009

Participants selected for Yeppen Flood Plain Study

Participants selected for Yeppen Flood Plain Study

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 13 2009

The Australian engineering firm AECOM will partner with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to undertake the Yeppen Flood Plain Study, with work now underway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said AECOM was selected from a pool of thirteen submissions from local and international organisations.

“Announced in June of this year, the planning study will assess current and future demands on the Bruce Highway and make recommendations that will help inform our long term investment decisions within the Rockhampton region,” said Mr Albanese.

“In particular, it will look at ways of improving the Highway’s flood immunity so as to minimise the chances of this vital link being cut during the wet season.

“While we’ve committed $8.6 billion to Queensland’s more immediate transport needs, we also understand that long term planning must start now if the State’s road and rail infrastructure is to keep pace with future demand.”

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said AECOM has a proven track record, having previously worked on studies such as the Bundaberg Ring Road project and the Bruce Highway realignment between Corduroy Creek and Tully.

“AECOM’s expertise and knowledge will be an asset to the project, and in conjunction with Main Roads, will ensure we get the planning right and make the best possible recommendations for the entire region,” said Mr Wallace.

“With the study now ready to commence, the central Queensland community will be given the opportunity to shape its direction through a public submission period. So I encourage the community to get involved and provide their input.”

The study is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

Further information on the Yeppen Flood Plain Study is available online at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.