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Douglas Shire Council will receive more than $5.2 million to deliver local infrastructure projects in areas impacted by the 2019 monsoon trough event.

These projects are being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances package jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The projects include:

  • Upgrade crossings on Zig Zag Road ($2.1 million)
  • Improve drainage on Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Road ($3.1 million)
  • Seal sections of the access road within Foxton Park ($39,000)
  • Replace handrails on the bridge crossing Daintree Water Intake ($13,000)

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch welcomed the funding announcement saying it was exactly the certainty that is needed during the current coronavirus pandemic.

He said delivery of these projects will be rolled out until June 2021.

“This funding will allow councils across the region to plan their works and ensure they keep locals employed,” Mr Entsch said.

“Every job created is supporting a local family and that is critically important.

“It also gives these council certainty to plan and deliver a pipeline of works that will be critically important  in the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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