A long awaited study has been secured to improve the flood immunity of the Austinville causeway on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road for the benefit of local motorists.

Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates MP said a planning project will be conducted to investigate options to improve the flood immunity of the notorious causeway.

“I have been fighting to secure an upgrade of the Austinville causeway for a number of years and I am pleased to announce $102,000 has been allocated to conduct a study to investigate the best way to improve the causeway’s flood immunity,” said Ms Bates.

“The Austinville causeway is notorious for flooding and frequently causes residents of Springbrook and Austinville to be cut off from their main route to and from Mudgeeraba, forcing them to find an alternative route and often costing them hours in travel time.”

Ms Bates said that while $102,000 had been allocated in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program for the study, of which $27,000 had already been spent, no funding had yet been allocated to upgrade the causeway.

“While funding for the upgrade itself has not yet been secured, I am pleased to have been able to deliver this positive step forward toward a future upgrade which I will fight to deliver once this study is completed.”

Ms Bates said she would keep residents upgraded on the progress of the planning study via her website at www.rosbates.com.au and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ros.Bates.