Daniel McKenzie

OUR SAY: Dams not the answer to flood

FLOOD is a dirty word in Bundaberg and its no wonder after living through the devastation of the 2010-2011 and 2013 floods.

Now there may be some solutions on offer after the State Government released seven options to help slow the raging Burnett.

The seven options in Stage 1 of the Bundaberg Flood Protection Study include: levees at North Bundaberg and East Bundaberg; the removal of downstream levees at Fairymead; a North Bundaberg floodway; removal of Harriet Island and widening of Millaquin Bend; North Bundaberg evacuation route improvements; dam or dams in upper Burnett River catchment; and a voluntary house purchase/land swap.

I must say I'm no fan of the idea to put more dams on the Burnett River to stop flooding.

Coming from Gympie I still remember the debacle of the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal in the Mary Valley.

It was a massive issue that ruined a whole community.

That said I hope the government acts quickly to come up with a plan to save Bundaberg from flooding.



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