Craig Warhurst
Craig Warhurst

Flood buy-back has merit

THE idea of buying back flood-prone properties in the Gympie region has some merit, as long as the cost is worn by State and Federal governments and not struggling Gympie ratepayers.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne says the buy-back could cost more than $20 million.

It's a hefty price tag but may be worth it to stop the constant heartache to businesses and homeowners in low-lying areas.

Talk of flood mitigation measures to hold back water in Gympie, in my opinion, is near impossible.

Gympie's hilly terrain and underground systems of storm water drains, sewerage pipes and old mine shafts should blow out the cost of flood proofing the town.

The problem with a buy-back is some businesses like their position in town. High traffic volumes lead to good turnover while the tide is out, counteracting the high cost of evacuation when the tide comes in.

I overheard a conversation in Mary St at the height of the flood.

One old timer thought it would be a good idea to turn Mary St, as it is, into an underground car park and build a second storey for shops on top of it.

Now there's food for thought.

Would you be in favour of a buy-back scheme?

This poll ended on 14 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes

54%

No

22%

Depends on what they want to do

22%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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