Levee, no impact on Southside
A NEW report on the Gympie levee project has confirmed that flood levels will not rise on the Southside with the levee in place and flood velocities in the floodplain will not be affected.
Acting Mayor Tony Perrett said yesterday the phase included analysis to assess the impact of the proposed levee on the existing flood behaviour.
Analysis in the feasibility study indicated this could be the case, but more detailed modelling by Aurecon this week confirmed the predicted peak flood level and velocities will not change between McIntosh Creek and Fisherman's Pocket.
This news came ahead of yesterday's council meeting where Cr Ian Petersen came under heavy fire for "scaremongering" about flood heights on the Southside - an allegation Cr Petersen strongly denies.
Cr Mick Curran said:
" ...I specifically refer to malicious commentary in The Gympie Times on 3rd October 2013 whereby Cr Petersen has stated 'misleading Gympie council spin on the proposed $22m CBD levee is a world class propaganda performance'.
"(Cr Petersen) says, 'A council assurance on possible displacement flooding of Southside was 'just not true'. Obviously, on this occasion Cr Petersen was responding to a Gympie Times article of 31st July whereby council's position stated that the impact of the flood would be minimal - most likely less than 10cm."
Cr Curran said Cr Petersen's statements had caused "no end of community angst" and that he could only hope that Cr Petersen had "misunderstood the comprehensive briefing" on the issue.