Gympie civic leaders find dam claim full of leaks
GYMPIE'S top civic leaders yesterday rejected assertions by Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce at the weekend that the Traveston Dam would have saved Gympie from its recent floods.
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne and State MP David Gibson both endorsed the raising of Borumba Dam as a possible option, but Cr Dyne said the information he had received was that Borumba did not contribute a big percentage to the Mary River water and therefore offered only limited flood mitigation.
"My understanding is that Traveston Dam was a dam for drinking water for south-east Queensland and not a dam to prevent flooding in Gympie," the Mayor said.
"The raising of Borumba Dam will achieve more drinking water storage and irrigation water; something that has been forgotten in any discussion.
"If we are to sustain increased food production in Australia to achieve food exports to the world, then some form of water harvesting is going to be needed.
"I believe a weir in a stream that does not store water outside of the banks of the stream is the best option.
"The best land is contained in the flood plain and a dam means this will be inundated and therefore can not be used."
Mr Gibson said it was clear dams did not stop floods.
"You only have to look at the floods in Brisbane and Ipswich in 2011, despite Wivenhoe Dam," he said.
"The LNP has always supported looking at alternatives to Labor's Traveston Dam debacle, and I know that (Minister) Mark McArdle has been speaking with locals re the feasibility of raising the wall at Borumba Dam."