SAFETY CALL: Monkland State Primary School students Joshua McLaughlin, Jack Marshall and Thomas Fea show the end of the walking path before their school and beside a busy Brisbane Rd. Students have petitioned council to complete the walk and riding pathway to make it safer for all members in the community.
SAFETY CALL: Monkland State Primary School students Joshua McLaughlin, Jack Marshall and Thomas Fea show the end of the walking path before their school and beside a busy Brisbane Rd. Students have petitioned council to complete the walk and riding pathway to make it safer for all members in the community. Tanya Easterby

Petitions go to council this morning

PETITIONS opposing the flood levee and calling for safer roads at Mothar Mt and a footpath past the Monkland School will be considered by Gympie Regional Council this morning.

Forty residents opposed to the flood levee across the touch football fields have signed a petition stating that it will protect only 50 houses and 80 businesses in Gympie.

While the petitioners say they feel "the pain" of those residents and businesses affected by flooding, "at the end of the day we choose where we buy land to build or buy a business and we have to take the ups and downs in business as they occur".

"If a business chooses to rent a shop at a greatly reduced price in a flood area, this saves them money, and it is their choice," the petition reads.

"It is an area of severe flood, and well known the consequences of this. A business owner can't then expect ratepayers or State governments to then continually be responsible for the financial loss, when it does flood.

"The other ratepayers in Gympie do not wish to have to pay towards their bad choice of business location.

"A business can move and pay much higher rent or higher cost of purchase if they don't want to be subjected to another flooding.

"If in a severe floodzone such as lower end Mary St a hotel chooses to spend millions in renovations after a flood, knowing that another flood will happen, then they are responsible to any emotional and financial loss.

"It is a sad occurrence, but not the responsibility of the council or ratepayers to bail them out.

"If you do the numbers - 4500 Southside residents cut off because of an inadequate bridge is surely more important.

"The cut-off from the south along the Bruce Hwy and the east to the Cooloola Coast have larger number of residents cut off from their work in many cases.

"We need to look at the numbers of people affected in floods and consider this. It seems unfair to spend millions on a levee to protect 50 homes and 80 businesses as being top of the agenda.

"These businesses do not provide vital services."

The lead levee petitioner will be told the council's decision to proceed with the levee project was on the basis of an economic analysis of the benefits the levee would bring to the whole region.

A petition of 80 signatures has called on the council to extend the existing footpath on Brisbane Rd so that it reaches the Monkland School.

And a third petition of 20 signatures brings to the council's attention the unsafe state of Cullinane Rd at Mothar Mt, and asks for something be done about it.

Gympie Times


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