Mayor Ron Dyne will appoint consultants this week.
Mayor Ron Dyne will appoint consultants this week. Renee Pilcher

No buyback plan

GYMPIE Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday he expected to appoint consultants for the region's $200,000 flood study by the end of this week.

He said that while he understood the problems facing some Mary St businesses, the Gympie Regional Council could not afford to undertake the suggestion by Billy's Hotel owner Lesley Mitchell this week that Gympie Regional Council and the State Government buy out businesses and resume the flood-prone land in low-lying parts of Gympie's CBD and turn it into a tourist destination.

"If federal and state (governments) have the finances to participate in this, then council is happy to have discussions," Cr Dyne said.

"Given the damage that has occurred in the state and across Australia, I do not see buyback as an option other than perhaps on one-off occasions."

All mitigation options will be considered in the flood study, which will include cost-benefit analyses of each option.

"We really need to get this flood study under way and that should start in the next week or so," he said.

"Some professional really needs to have a look at it."

To the north of Gympie, a group of Maryborough business owners wants that local authority to put funds aside in its next budget for a study on how to flood-proof the Maryborough CBD.

One of the group's members, former Tiaro mayor John Horrex, has held board positions with the New South Wales Flood Mitigation Authority and the Hawkesbury Catchment Authority.

His group, which has branded itself Flood-Proof the Mary Heart, has identified a location near the Maryborough Yacht Club where it believes the installation of a levee should be investigated.

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