Simpson visits flood-prone areas
FORMER Gympie Times work experience student, and Shadow Minister for Local Government and Main Roads, Community Recover and Resilience, Fiona Simpson, visited the coastal parts of the Gympie region with MP Tony Perrett yesterday.
Mr Perrett gave Ms Simpson a tour of the disaster resilience infrastructure priorities in the eastern reaches of the region, most notably the flood-prone Coondoo Creek Bridge.
Ms Simpson said being able to evacuate high numbers of people from the Cooloola Coast and Fraser Island during, for example, a flood disaster was of paramount importance.
Up to 20,000 visitors could be stuck on Fraser Island in the event of a flood on the mainland.
Knowing which arterials and bridges in the region need to be raised or upgraded to allow movement of those people out of the area was part of the reason for her visit.
Ms Simpson also met Mayor Mick Curran and local police to discuss disaster management planning, and inspected upgrade works on the Bruce Hwy immediately south of Gympie.