Tugun Bypass landslip works complete

16 Aug 2013 4:21 PMJann Stuckey

 16 August 2013

Major repair and stabilisation works on the Tugun Bypass landslip site have been completed, following damage caused by the 2011 floods.

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey said the works would reduce the risk of future road closures due to loose debris caused by extreme weather.

“Workers are still finalising some minor touches at the site, however speed restrictions have been removed so motorists would have experienced an improvement when driving through the area,” Ms Stuckey said.   “The steepness of the site and its location – between busy Tugun Bypass and local, residential road, Alinjarra Drive – meant the construction crew had to find innovative ways to tackle the works.

“The footpath through the Tugun Hill Conservation area will reopen soon, following a minor realignment in accommodation of the drainage works at the top of the slope.

“I would like to thank residents in Alinjarra Drive and in particular those living in apartments immediately above the landslip site for their patience while these works were carried out.”

Specialist equipment was used including a spider excavator to clean the slip face of loose debris before shotcreting, soil nailing and revegetating of the slip site.

More than 50 soil nails – steel rods typically 13m long – were installed along the upper sections of the landslip site.

The landslip was caused by the flooding of 2011, which destabilised a large patch of vegetation causing it to tumble down the steep slope, damaging the fauna fence inside the concrete barriers at the edge of the Tugun Bypass.

The $1.8 million Tugun Bypass slope stabilisation works were delivered under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), a joint federal and state initiative. Under these arrangements, the Australian Government provides 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General Shayne Neumann said the Federal Government would continue to rebuild Queensland. “Queenslanders want to see assistance rolled out and work underway to rebuild their communities quickly and that’s what the Federal and State Governments are doing,” Mr Neumann said.

“The Federal Government has invested an unprecedented $10.7 billion to help Queensland recover and rebuild since 2009. “It is estimated that Queensland will receive $1.6 billion in disaster assistance funding in 2013-14.”