Second stage of flood mitigation coming after funding
ROMA will get the second stage of its flood mitigation project started within six months, says Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan.
The project will be possible thanks to $3.09 million from the State Government's Building our Regions program, adding to the $8.3 million in federal and local government funding for it.
Cr Loughnan said the funding was a welcome Christmas present to get the project up and running within six months.
"It's a welcome investment from the government," he said.
"In a year, we'll see an additional 60-odd houses saved from floods so it's an outstanding investment.
"I think we'll see it at the earliest possible opportunity - I would anticipate ground will be moved within six months. We were looking at late March but I'm still confident it will be started soon."
Cr Loughnan also praised State Development Minister Anthony Lynham for showing interest in the Maranoa.
I don't think that hurts (that the minister has come out here) - he's been out here twice already," he said.
"He's shown a great interest in the community and our region - he came out here for the Roma Cup and also to help open the Washdown facility."
Roma's flood mitigation project was the second-biggest recipient of funding from the program in south-west Queensland, behind Chinchilla's new water treatment plant contribution of $5 million.
"This investment in critical regional infrastructure demonstrates our government's commitment to sustainable regional Queensland communities," he said in a statement.