Gympie during the floods.
Gympie during the floods.

Flood forum to dissect Gympie's response to recent disaster

GYMPIE business people and residents affected by the January/February floods are encouraged to attend a flood forum at the Civic Centre on Monday night to dissect the city's response to the disaster and put in place plans to better deal with the next flood.

Chamber of Commerce spokesman Garry Davison said yesterday the forum, hosted jointly by the Chamber and Gympie Regional Council, also wanted to hear from affected residents and businesses at the Monkland and on the Southside.

"The floods are now past but it is time to reflect and see how we can do better next time," he said.

The forum will also include a presentation on the appointment of Aurecon, which has been appointed to undertake the region's $200,000 flood mitigation study.

Mayor Ron Dyne said Aurecon was chosen on the basis of its experience, particularly in business case development relating to flood mitigation, and its methodology, particularly with regard to stakeholder engagement.

That engagement begins at Monday night's forum.

"The study will be key in attracting the kind of funding needed from external sources to act on any recommendations," Cr Dyne said.

"We now know that we are currently disadvantaged by not having undertaken any sort of business case analysis of possible mitigation measures.

"Ultimately, however, what the study will deal with in a proper technical and economic matter is whether anything can actually be done or not, something which is long overdue."

The forum will be held in the Fossicker's Room of the Civic Centre from 5.30-7pm.


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