Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Media release

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Bailey MP - Sarina Range restoration complete in time for Christmas

The restoration of the Sarina Range, severely damaged by landslides during Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017, will be completed in time for Christmas.

Reconstruction works have been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the milestone was a great example of all levels of government working together to assist with the communities recovery.

"This was a significant reconstruction project and the re-opening of the road will be welcomed by the local community," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

"Cyclone Debbie had a catastrophic impact on Queensland communities causing widespread damage to infrastructure, essential services and housing.

"The support of the Commonwealth and Queensland Government has been crucial in helping the region recover."

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government had also funded rejuvenation works to the Charles Barton Lookout and created a permanent tribute to the Sarina Range community’s strength, resilience and patience in the form of a tourist information sign.

The sign includes historical information about Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the major landslides that have afflicted the area.

"The sign acknowledges Sir Charles Barton’s significant contribution to Transport and Main Roads from 1929 to 1976 and his influence on the department," Mr Bailey said.

"By working together with the community after last year’s cyclone, we were able to restore Marlborough-Sarina Road, rehabilitate other areas along the range crossing, and rejuvenate Charles Barton Lookout.

"As part of our commitment to safety and improving the road network, we also funded an upgrade to the Koumala-Bolingbroke Road detour route.

"A big thank you to the Sarina Range community for its patience and feedback throughout the entire reconstruction process."

For up-to-date information, including restrictions along Marlborough-Sarina Road visit QLDtraffic.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.