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Douglas Shire Council has secured $11.4 million in funding to repair some of its unsealed roads both north and south of the Daintree River.

The assistance is provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

It is part of a wider DRFA Program of Recovery projects the Council will be undertaking over the next three years to recover following ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper; works have already commenced on the first three land slip remediation works at Alexandra Range.

Council is working closely with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) to repair its assets.

Council will be releasing a tender for the construction works to be completed in the next six months. There are some unsealed roads where significant sections of the surface were damaged, whereas other roads contain only small areas to be repaired.

Douglas Shire Council Mayor Lisa Scomazzon thanked the Australian and Queensland governments for their support.

“Ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper and the flooding that followed caused devastating damage to many of our roads,” Mayor Scomazzon said.

“It’s been a challenging time for some of the remotest members of our community who’ve faced access issues since mid-December. The DRFA funding means we can complete these repairs before the next wet season.”

Council continues to work closely with QRA, all levels of government, along with emergency and community agencies, to support the community as the region continues to navigate the long-term impacts of the 2023 flooding events.

We thank our community and road users for their patience and driving to the conditions while we have been progressively repairing these roads across the region.

More information on which roads will be repaired will be released at a later date.

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