Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has completed the $4.64 million Charlton North Detention Basin which will act as a key stormwater management and flood mitigation project for the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub (TEH).
Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP applauded the Council’s initiative to develop flood resilience for this major industrial hub through the construction of the detention basin.
“The project has been jointly funded by Council and the Queensland and Australian Governments through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
“One of the objectives of this program is to continually improve Queensland’s disaster preparedness response and recovery, Minister Hinchliffe said.
“The Charlton North Detention Basin project is a great example of all levels of government working together to keep Queenslanders safe during times of natural disaster”.
TRC Mayor, Cr Paul Antonio said the completion of the Charlton North Detention Basin was a major milestone in the development of the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub.
“Toowoomba Region is becoming a key logistics hub and the expansion of the TEH will drive economic growth and support job creation in our region”, Cr Antonio said.
The Toowoomba Enterprise Hub is a 1,972 hectare industrial zone 13km west of Toowoomba. The area is the largest zoned industrial area in Queensland west of the Great Dividing Range.
“The TEH has been identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan as having the potential to provide up to 12,000 jobs when fully developed and increase Toowoomba Region’s Gross Regional Product by $2.1billion.
TRC Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, Cr Carol Taylor said “the detention basin will act as an important flood mitigation device for the northern precinct of the TEH”.
It will mitigate flows and in doing so protect valuable residential and industrial areas”,
“The basin will also beautify the area by adding open space to what will predominantly be an industrial development as well adding significant environmental value to the area .”
“The need for a detention basin was originally identified by Council’s Charlton North Urban Stormwater Management Plan, and Council is appreciative of the support from the Queensland and Australian Governments to make the project a reality”.
“The Charlton North Detention Basin project will compliment the Nass Road upgrade project which includes a road upgrade, drainage and water infrastructure that will service the TEH, Cr Taylor said.
For more information about Charlton North Detention Basin upgrade Project and the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub go to http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/our-region/major-projects/infrastructure/13013-nass-road-upgrade-toowoomba-enterprise-hub