Road Repair Timeline FAQs
As a result of the recent flooding event in February 2022 a large portion of the Lockyer Valley road network was damaged.
Please see a few Frequently Asked Questions below to help with your query.
For more information call Council's Customer Contact team on 1300 005 872.
Emergency Repairs essentially cover re-establishment of access across the region, ‘make-safe’ works, cleaning up of silt and debris, and minor repair works. Emergency Repairs are undertaken over a three month period following the event.
Comprehensive damage assessments are undertaken, from which a scope of works is formed including quantities, treatment methods, and designs. This information is submitted to the State Government (Queensland Reconstruction Authority) for assessment, upon which they will decide whether or not the works will be funded.
It can take months for an approval to come through depending on the complexity of the submission, and whether the state government have any questions or issues regarding it. Works can technically commence at any time prior to submissions going in or being approved, however Council would have to self-fund the full cost of works if the associated submission didn’t end up getting approved.
Does the funding allow for Council to also attend to adjacent issues if they weren’t directly declared flood related?
No, funding only covers damage and repairs that are directly associated with the flood event.
Can Council ‘build back better’? If so, to what extent (e.g. high bridges, wider roads, new drains, etc.)
Under funding arrangements with Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), no we cannot.
Funding covers like-for-like replacements and repairs, and any upgrades would have to be Council-funded. ‘Betterment’ or Resilience funding may be announced by the state at a later date but these are separate, competitive funding programs and not guaranteed.
How long does Council estimate it will take to undertake all the road network repairs from this recent flood event?
Damage assessments and scoping of the overall program are still underway, meaning we have no good estimate yet, however it could take up to two years for all works to be complete (allowing for scoping, submissions to the State Government, required approvals, and the undertaking of physical works).
Again, we’re still establishing this as we build a complete picture of the damage across the region. Key maintenance activities will continue (e.g. pothole patching, roadside slashing, fixing of any safety hazards), however the Capital Program is on-hold indefinitely. The priority for the foreseeable future is flood recovery and associated works.