Noleen Gooding, of Katies, says Mary St is Gympie’s heart and should be protected.
Noleen Gooding, of Katies, says Mary St is Gympie’s heart and should be protected. Tanya Easterby

Gympie CBD flood levee views vary

FLOOD-prone Mary St businesses yesterday backed Gympie Regional Council plans for a levee to keep floodwaters out of the CBD.

The second sample of four businesses surveyed by The Gympie Times yesterday involved the views of Tom Grady of Tom Grady Real Estate, Sue and Tim Drury of MiCakes and Noleen Gooding of Katies.

All were in favour of the plan, some more urgently than others.

Yesterday's sample, (Lesley Mitchell of Billy's Hotel, Rex Lohse of Bridgestone Service Centre, Siobhan Wilson and Denise Sterling of Parklane Garden Centre and Eric and Kayley Sprott of Sprott's Stainless Steel) showed some surprising doubts about aspects of the plan.

"A lot of people have asked me that," Mr Grady said when asked his opinion of the levee.

"We've moved in and out seven or eight times and it hasn't worried us.

"We'd certainly be better off if a levee was there.

"It would be beneficial to me, but I don't want something for nothing. If there was a levy to pay for the levee, I wouldn't object, if it was reasonable.

"I do commend the council on this. No previous council has taken up the challenge."

"I'm for it," said MiCakes helper Tim Drury. "Do something anyway," he said.

"There is a lot of heritage in Mary St but people don't worry too much about heritage when they're sick and tired of coping.

"Some help would save a lot of heritage from getting lost."

"I think they have to do something for us," Sue Drury said.

"But they have to check it and make sure it's going to work.

"They've got to do something for us.

"We wondered whether to bother re-opening or not last time it happened.

"If it happens again, we'll probably move to the Sunshine Coast. We have a lot of customers come up from there now for our cakes," she said.

Katies' Noleen Gooding also would welcome the idea.

"I think if it worked it would be a wonderful thing," she said.

"The street is the heart of the town. If the street is working it makes the town stronger.

"All the businesses suffer in flood time, not just the ones that get flooded," she said.

The levee proposal has attracted widely varying comments since the council recently began exploring funding options, including state and federal subsidies.

Gympie Times


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