This image shows just how high a levee would have to be built to stop water entering Mary St in a flood as high as the Australia Day weekend event.
This image shows just how high a levee would have to be built to stop water entering Mary St in a flood as high as the Australia Day weekend event. Craig Warhurst

Flood study to be finished in two months

CONCERNS the timeline for Gympie's flood mitigation study is too short have been put to bed by Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne.

During Monday night's flood meeting, many business representatives raised concerns about the timeline and Aurecon's ability to properly calculate the cost to Gympie businesses in 8-10 weeks by just conducting interviews with business operators.

Nolan Meats' representative Michael Nolan said larger businesses would need time to collate the flood impact to give an accurate figure of losses to staff and the company.

He said if things were not done properly the report may not be worth the paper it was written on.

He suggested a template could be set up to make the process simpler and more efficient.

Mr Nolan's concerns were backed by many business people in the crowd.

They said the losses were so wide and varied it would be hard to get an accurate figure quickly.

But Cr Dyne was not concerned by the timeline, saying Aurecon had huge resources to call on and confirmed there would be a template posted online for the business community.

He said the team was only appointed on Thursday night and was speaking just two working days later.

"I am quite confident in a week's time they can have templates online," Cr Dyne said.

He said it was very important for the region the study was done as quickly as possible while the floods were still fresh in people's minds and in case any funding opportunities arose from the State or Federal governments.

Mitigation options

  • Aurecon will investigate these and other options to provide a cost benefit analysis to council
  • Levees
  • Dams
  • Water retention or detention basins
  • Land buy back
  • Flood bypasses (channels)
  • Improved flood warning mechanisms on waterways feeding the Mary River
  • Higher bridges and roads
  • Fishermans Pocket bottleneck

What do you think? Is 10 weeks long enough for an in-depth study? Have your say below.

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