Crews on Magnetic Island for initial recovery repairs

Date published: 3 May 2019

Crews are out on Magnetic Island to conduct temporary repairs to damage caused by the unprecedented monsoon.

Several roads – including Hurst Street, Apjohn Street, Swensen Street, Corica Crescent and Mirabel Avenue – are being repaired with a spray seal and patches.

These initial repair works are being completed by contractor SPA – supporting up to 15 jobs to ensure the road remains in a usable condition.

However, a full restoration of the road will be completed after the works receive funding from the Commonwealth and Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.  The process to receive funding can take several months.

Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Deputy Mayor Les Walker said work was being completed right across the community to repair infrastructure damaged in the unprecedented monsoon.

“Crews have been over on Magnetic Island since the weekend to repair sections of the road network that were damaged by the unprecedented rainfall caused by the monsoon,” Cr Walker said.

“The recovery effort is going to take a long time because of the extensive damage right across our community and Council has a detailed plan to repair and rebuild damaged infrastructure.”

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the unprecedented monsoon caused significant damage to the road network.

“Council continues to examine and assess our road network to discover the extent of the damage,” Cr Molachino said.

“It can take several weeks to assess the full extent of the damage to roads from the huge volumes of water that came down in the monsoon because the layers underneath the road surface can be impacted.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said Magnetic Island was one of many areas that suffered significant damage from the unprecedented monsoon.

“It’s important that these initial road repairs are done to fix damage caused by this natural disaster to ensure locals don’t have reduced access on the Island’s local road network,” Cr Greaney said.

“I’d like to thank all nearby residents for their patience during these roadworks.”