Bundaberg to get a 10-year flood protection plan
BUNDABERG flood prevention campaigners are ecstatic with the news the State Government has announced a Bundaberg Flood Protection Scoping Study.
Yesterday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the NewsMail the aim of the study was a 10-year action plan for major flood mitigation solutions in Bundaberg.
"This was a commitment that we made to the people of Bundaberg during the election campaign," she said.
"No one can forget those images of the toll flooding took on Bundaberg and we will work with the community to ensure local knowledge informs the plan.
"I urge the people of Bundaberg to come forward with their ideas for local solutions."
The independent study will be undertaken by Jacobs, an internationally recognised engineering firm, who will review previous flood studies, flood plain risk management plans and the community consultation process.
Burnett River Communities Flood Prevention Organisation's Chris Hardy praised the review.
"I think it is absolutely amazing that finally someone wants to listen to the Bundaberg community," she said.
"I think their (State Government) plan and in particular an independent review of the flood situation is exactly what the petitions were asking for.
"Two-and-a-half years of forums, discussions meetings and we're finally getting what we wanted."
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said there would be extensive local engagement.
"Following the completion of the flood study, we will work closely with the local council to evaluate the options and recommend a 10-year plan that may require funding from all levels of government," Ms Trad said.
"The consultation will capture local knowledge about local floods and ensure the people of Bundaberg can actively contribute to the study."
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the review would give the community appropriate input and ultimately increased confidence.
"The Burnett River Communities Flood Prevention Organisation deserve wide acknowledgement for the role they played in advocating for this study," she said.
"I've been proud to advocate on their behalf."
Community engagement activities will take place at the end of 2015 with the Bundaberg flood protection study due to be completed in the second quarter of 2016.
Visit the site www.qld.gov.au/bundabergfloodstudy to learn more.