Gympie council hopes flood study will help protect our CBD
A FLOOD mitigation study for the Gympie CBD appears likely to go ahead, but at more than three times the original cost.
Gympie Regional Council yesterday accepted an offer of $40,000 in State Government funding towards a $100,000 study on how to reduce the impact of floods in parts of Gympie's inner city.
Mayor Ron Dyne stressed that accepting the $40,000 did not lock Gympie into coming up with the other $60,000 - a decision that won't be made until the council's 2013/14 budget meetings.
His reassurance followed concerns raised by councillors Ian Petersen, Wayne Sachs and Mick Curran that, while they saw benefit in the three-pronged plan, they were unsure about committing $60,000 or of being able to protect the CBD from floodwater.
If the study goes ahead, $70,000 will be spent reviewing flood-mitigation options in the CBD, $15,000 on a program to communicate flood information via SMS messaging, and $15,000 on reviewing evacuation and goods storage options.
First mooted by Mayor Dyne and CEO Bernard Smith after the 2011 and 2012 floods, the study was originally expected to cost $30,000.
Cr Friske asked that the study also look at the main drains beneath the CBD, which are a "major concern".
In Roma, another Queensland town prone to flooding, the first phase of flood-proofing the town will cost $30 million; three times more than the original estimate.
In the past 50 years there have been 27 floods in Gympie higher than 12m, 19 floods higher than 14m, 14 floods higher than 16m and nine floods higher than 18m. Businesses in the CBD start to get wet at 15m.