Suggestions are out there for helping Gympie recover from multiple floods.
Suggestions are out there for helping Gympie recover from multiple floods. Tanya Easterby

Muster plan for saving Gympie

GYMPIE publican Lesley Mitchell says the Gympie Muster could save Gympie.

"They should look into doing a Tamworth," she said.

"They could hold the Muster in the middle of town.

"That's what they do in Tamworth and the town thrives," she said.

Ms Mitchell said many flood mitigation strategies might prove impractical but the idea of holding a major festival in the middle of town was a proven boost to the town.

She was responding to reports that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had forgotten about Gympie in announcing multi-million-dollar spending on flood mitigation measures in Sydney, Ipswich and Roma.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the Federal Government had responded quickly to his public complaints that Gympie, a major flood victim, had not rated a mention in the Prime Minister's speech.

He said the specifics of the council's submission on flood mitigation might have to wait for the professional flood mitigation study, for which the State Government had offered $40,000 if the council could provide the other $60,000.

Cr Dyne said councillors had declined to commit the council to the spending until the issue could be discussed in budget preparation meetings.

"But I'll have to go back to them.

"I think (Resilience Minister) David Crisafulli proposes funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis, so they might put in some more, but we need to match it.

"What I want is a study, a proper one.

"Everyone says we've done it to death, but no one can show me anything in writing.

"When I went on radio and said we got diddly squat, Joe Ludwig (Minister assisting on Queensland Recovery issues) was quick to get in touch with me (to start talking about help)."

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