Third time lucky for water pump
GAYNDAH and its water pump are the first to benefit from the State Government’s Betterment Funding.
Finally, sanity has prevailed and the pump will be moved to a new location.
Minister David Crisafulli was in Gayndah on Tuesday to announce the project as the first approved by the State Government to increase resilience in communities devastated by floods.
Describing the North Burnett as “ground zero”, Mr Crisafulli said it was absurd to keep making the same mistakes.
THE government “owes it to the community to do better” for the people of Gayndah, according to a Queensland minister.
Queensland Community Recovery Minister David Crisafulli announced on Tuesday the infrastructure for the town’s water pump would be relocated to Claude Wharton Weir as the first project approved under the government’s Betterment Funding.
The project to move thewater intake’s location from Simon St will cost $3 million.
Describing North Burnett as “ground zero”, Minister Crisafulli said it was absurd to keep making the same mistakes and rebuilding in the same location.
“(The) water intake had been destroyed during 2011,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“Despite the community saying ‘we can do this better’, theywere told they had to put it back in the same location and then to see it destroyed less than two weeks after completion.
“We stood here with the mayor and the deputy premier just after the Australia Day floods and, of all the pro- jects that struck me as showing that we could do better, this one in my mind has been on the top of the list.
“We owe it to the community to do it better.
“Not only is it resilient against future disasters, but can produce a better quality water during dry times.”
Mr Crisafulli said replacing the existing infrastructure would have cost $2 million.
“Why should we be forcing council to replace it in the same location for $2 million when it could disappear down the river again the next time there is a flood?
“For an extra million we can safeguard against future events.
“For an extra million we can prevent people going through the pain that they have twice in two years.”
North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh said the announcement was a boost for rural communities.
“We tend to be forgotten,” CrWaugh said.
“For Minister Crisafulli to make this the first announcement, it recognises communities in country Queensland.”
ON THE MOVE: Minister David Crisafulli (centre) announced Betterment Funding in Gayndah with disaster recovery co-ordinator Brett Pointing and North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh.