HOW TO EASE THE PAIN: With the 2013 flood at its peak, Mary St is in the foreground looking west over Memorial and Albert Parks to the Mary River.
HOW TO EASE THE PAIN: With the 2013 flood at its peak, Mary St is in the foreground looking west over Memorial and Albert Parks to the Mary River. Craig Warhurst

Flood of proposals for flood mitigation cash pool

GYMPIE Regional Council this week reached agreement on which flood mitigation projects it would forward to the State Government for funding from a special $46 million flood mitigation pool.

Despite pressure from the State Government to make it about the Gympie CBD, the only project mooted for the CBD is to improve storm water drainage for a string of shops in upper Mary St, clear of the Mary River flood zone.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the State Government needed to be advised, as part of the submission, that there was no appetite to push ahead with the flood levee that would have mitigated flooding in the lower end of Mary St.

The highest priority projects the council will put forward will be the $950,000 bitumening of Penny Rd, which is part of the Drummond Dr works to provide flood access in and out of Gympie via Monkland and Glanmire; upgrading the Mullens Creek culvert in Investigator Avenue at Cooloola Cove to ease overland flooding in heavy rain; and raising River Rd south of the Centro Way roundabout (near Centro shopping centre) to ease southbound traffic jam that occurs on the Bruce Hwy after flooding.

The State Government will also be reminded of GRC's wish to see the Coondoo Creek Bridge raised on Tin Can Bay Rd, and a high level, flood-free bridge connecting Gympie to the Southside.

Both of these projects are in the hands of Main Roads, as they involve roads and bridges under the control of Main Roads.

Once it is known how much it will cost to improve the drainage in upper Mary St, GRC is expected to make a funding application for that project as well.

A report on flood mitigation by Director of Engineering Bob Fredman noted that a Goomeri hydrology study of Nangur Creek was being undertaken by the State Government.

"After this is completed council will have to undertake a review of mitigation options and formulate an action plan for the 2015 round of mitigation funding," Mr Fredman said.

"A review of options at Woolooga will be incorporated at this stage."

In other flood mitigation works:

n The council has accepted a tender from Pentacon Pty Ltd for $1.6 million for the Penny Rd extension/ Drummond Dr upgrade project.

n The council has accepted a tender from Coles Engineering Pty Ltd for $152,823 to rebuild three reinforced concrete floodways on Goonuloom Rd at Tansey, Boowoogum Rd at Woolooga and Planted Creek Rd, Tansey.

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