Livingstone begins building back with resilience at Statue Bay

11 Nov 2016

Livingstone Shire Council has begun upgrade works on the iconic Scenic Highway at Statue Bay, Yeppoon this week after starting reconstruction works earlier this year.

State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga joined Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today to inspect the works, which are being delivered through the 2015 Betterment Fund.

The Scenic Highway suffered major landslips and severe erosion of the road during Cyclone Marcia, and the popular tourist route has been restricted to a single-lane of traffic ever since.

Council’s Betterment project includes works to the retaining wall to provide greater resilience, the stabilisation of the failed upslope using soil nails and shotcrete surfacing, and the installation of a concrete table drain with a concrete containment barrier to provide adequate drainage for large volumes of water.

The project is being delivered under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, consisting of both restoration and betterment funding. Additional complementary funding for the project is being contributed by Livingstone Shire Council. All works are scheduled for completion in June 2017.  

State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig and Deputy Mayor Graham Scott review plans at the start of Scenic Highway Betterment works.

Please see below drone footage supplied by Livingstone Shire Council of Scenic Highway at Statue Bay