BARNABY Joyce and the Department of Ag and Water released last week the decommissioning and removal of structures with the purchase of water from KiaOra, Saying this would create flood mitigation for the town of St George.
St George is also expected to reap flood mitigation benefits from the deal, as the seller is required to decommission and modify structures on the property, at their own cost.
Mr Littleproud understood they were pushing floodwaters back in the direction of St George and the changes would allow water to get away quicker, while still being available for irrigators to pump.
The Council were quick to be vocal about the devastation and feelings of betrayal and disappointment regarding the water purchase, but silent on the flood mitigation benefits, telling me on their Facebook page they felt it inappropriate to say anything of the flood mitigation and removal of these structures until they had more information re river changes.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Ag and Water, Mr Barnaby Joyce along with David Littleproud our federal representative for Maranoa thought it appropriate to tell the public of the deal and ensuing benefits, BUT the Balonne Shire Council thought it inappropriate ..... I really question that!
If there was to be an insignificant amount of benefit for flood mitigation the Government would never have publicly released it, so therefore the difference the removal of these structures makes must be worth mentioning.
Does this new benefit of flood mitigation see home insurance premiums being lowered?
I have contacted Suncorp Insurance regarding this. I was told improvements such as this would be factored into premiums in the future ...... time to call your Insurer! — Kylie Kilroy