Flood mitigation a priority for transport network, Truss says

Opposition wants flood proofing of key transport infrastructure to be among the top priorities of flood recovery effort

January 19, 2011

The federal Opposition has called for flood proofing of key transport infrastructure to be among the top priorities of the flood recovery effort.

While saying it is too early to tell how the level of damage caused by floods, Truss claims existing floodways and levees in some regional centres are inadequate.

He wants $1 billion of the Building Australia Fund diverted to flood proofing transport infrastructure, with a particular focus on rural and regional areas.

"Inundated rail lines and roadways that have proved to have been built too low should be raised, wherever possible," Truss says.

"Bridges and their approaches may need to be totally reappraised, and rebuilt accordingly."

The Building Australia Fund was established in 2008 to bankroll key transport, communication, water and energy infrastructure projects.

"If major remedial work is needed to prevent the sort of scenes we have seen over the past three months then it should have a top priority for spending from the fund," Truss says.

Floods have devastated large parts of Queensland and northern NSW. Regional Victoria is also bracing for record floods.

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