Flood levee vital for Gympie's protection
GYMPIE MP David Gibson says the proposal being considered by council today for a flood levee to protect Gympie from future floods could be a game-changer for the town and should be seriously considered.
"After the recent flooding events in the past two years I think we seriously need to reconsider how we deal with floods and their cost, not only the direct cost to the businesses and the community but also the indirect costs to our region and Queensland," Mr Gibson said.
"This proposal of a flood levee could radically change the way Gympie deals with floods and the way our region will be seen by the broader community, so I fully support it.
"For too long, Gympie has been reactive in dealings with flood events and the associated clean-up and we have become very good at it, but a flood levee would enable us to become proactive in developing long-term strategies to how the Mary River is managed during periods of flooding.
"The next challenge will be the cost, and it is clear the council is serious with its contribution of $4million towards a levee, so both the State Government and the Federal Government need to assist in funding the remainder.
"Everyone in Gympie recalls in February the former prime minister announcing funding for flood mitigation projects just as Gympie was facing its second flood in just four weeks.
"The reason we missed out then, and places like Ipswich and Roma got the funding, was that Gympie didn't have any project ready for consideration.
"Well that's changed, and this project is worthy of the support and I will be lobbying hard for the state and federal governments to stump up the remainder of the cost."