Sharen Armstrong and Christene Andersen want council to fix a flood problem causing massive erosion on their Amamoor Creek Rd properties.
Sharen Armstrong and Christene Andersen want council to fix a flood problem causing massive erosion on their Amamoor Creek Rd properties. Craig Warhurst

Bridge the problem

AMAMOOR Creek Rd residents Sharen Armstrong and Christene Andersen have had enough of constant flood erosion problems on their properties and want a permanent fix from the council.

The residents have had to repair erosion on their land after each flood event, for more than 20 years.

They claim the cause of the problem is a concrete bridge installed on Amamoor Creek Rd in 1974.

The land holders say when the bridge was installed it acted like a dam and changed the course of Amamoor Creek.

Gradually over time repeated flooding has torn away the natural creek bank that once protected their properties.

Now during times of flood, torrents of water rage over their land. Each time taking away huge sections of soil and uprooting fully grown trees.

Successive councils have tried to rectify the problem.

In 1989 rocks were put on edge of the bank near the bridge to divert water, but they have gradually washed away, and after each flood event truck-loads of fill have been dumped on the residents' land to fill erosion.

Mrs Armstrong said after the 2011 flood, 80 loads of soil were dumped to fill the erosion.

Now they have had enough.

They say the constant flooding problems have cost them close to $100,000.

"We are prepared to level our own paddocks," Mrs Armstrong said.

"But we won't do it until the problem is fixed."

She said they can't have stock in the paddocks because of the massive holes and the danger of falling trees.

They say the only way to fix the problem is to change the bridge.

Gympie regional Mayor Ron Dyne visited the site on Monday.

He said the council was still investigating the problem although an earlier report said the bridge wasn't to blame.

He said the council would continue to work with landholders on the issue.

Gympie Times


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