The Queensland Government has committed an additional $880,000 to extend the reach and effectiveness of Logan City Council’s Flooded Road Smart Warning System (FRSWS) and to undertake a flood impact study of the nearby rivers.
Up to 50 new flood warning signs will be built and services at Logan not-for-profit social enterprise Substation 33 as a result of the funding.
The signs are activated automatically when necessary to warn motorists of flooding ahead, and must be manually deactivated to ensure the roadway is safe.
QLD Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick said the funding would ensure the FRSWS could continue protecting motorists.
“More than 100 roads across Logan were flooded following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, and this system successfully kept vehicles out of floodwaters at the sites where signs were installed,” Mr Dick said.
“That’s why we’re committing an additional $770,000 in funding to expand this terrific technology. The system is saving lives by reducing the risk of vehicles being driven into floodwaters.
“If it’s flooded, forget it. It’s a simple message, and one that’s strengthened by the Flooded Road Smart Warning System – which features innovative warning signs being built right here in Logan.
QLD Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said with storm season approaching, this investment could not come at a better time.
“The new signs will work as a reminder and indicator for drivers to ensure they travel safely and not take unnecessary risks during heavy rainfall,” Ms Fentiman said.
“This is a wonderful initiative for Logan and a fantastic partnership with local social enterprise Substation33.
“Meanwhile, the study into the Logan and Albert River will assist us in planning for the future, for the safety of the Logan community.
City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley confirmed council will also contribute a further $330,000 to the project.
“Every year we see footage of drivers entering floodwaters and getting into difficulty. We want to put an end to this sort of dangerous behaviour,” Ms Dalley said.
“These road signs are linked to a computer network and display live flood and road information, helping drivers pick the safest route.
“The signs can automatically update flood information on council’s website, and provide real-time information to other web pages,” she said.
Recycled materials are used to build the signs, which otherwise would have been sent to landfill.
Substation33 founder Tony Sharp said the social and environmental value of the project can’t be understated.
“Our volunteers and workers are helping construct and maintain these signs – resulting in reliable, steady work and fantastic upskilling opportunities,” Mr Sharp said.
“We’re also seeing e-waste destined for landfill instead being diverted and recycled, and solar charging utilised, which is both innovative and cost-effective.”