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Innisfail Bowls Club receives funding for protection against future landslips

Innisfail Bowls Club receives funding for protection against future landslips
July 31, 2020

Innisfail Bowls Club receives funding for protection against future landslips

Innisfail Bowls Club will be protected from future landslips with $1.2 million funding from both the Federal and Queensland Governments to stabilise the nearby banks of the Johnstone River.

Flooding in early 2019 weakened the riverbank and retaining wall below the club, causing damage to surrounding structures.

Repairs to the riverbank will be jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) through the $20 million Community Assets Program.

Queensland Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the stabilisation works were part of ongoing recovery efforts to improve infrastructure resilience across north Queensland.

Minister Littleproud advised “whether a community has been impacted by floods, cyclone, bushfires, or health emergencies like the Coronavirus crisis, we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with affected Queenslanders.

“All levels of government have worked together to get this project moving, which will ensure Innisfail Bowls Club can roll on for many years to come.”

A total of 45 not-for-profit sport and recreation facilities will receive repair works through DRFA, with communities to benefit including Townsville, Richmond, McKinlay, Flinders, Cloncurry, Hinchinbrook and Cassowary Coast.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council will soon tender for the work, with construction expected to be completed by June 2021.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan said council teamed up with Innisfail Bowls Club and the Queensland Government, with the support of local member Shane Knuth, to secure funding for this important project.

Mayor Nolan advised “Innisfail Bowls Club plays an important role in our community, from a social aspect and as a not-for-profit that works with various local charities and community groups.

“If this problem wasn’t going to be addressed, there was the risk of the site and associated infrastructure slipping into Johnstone River, so this working partnership is a great outcome for Innisfail.”

Innisfail Bowls Club President Alf Strano said the club will celebrate its centenary in 2023 and has a number of events planned, all of which can now progress in the knowledge they have the funding to fix the riverbank erosion issue.

“Once the project is complete, the club will be in a position to expand and modernise its facilities, including applying for funding for a shade structure so we can be an all-weather facility.”

For more information on funding opportunities available through the Department of Housing and Public Works visit qld.gov.au. https://www.qld.gov.au/

Image: Courtesy of Innisfail Bowls Club Facebook 

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