Coun­cil to ease level 3 wa­ter re­stric­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WA­TER re­stric­tions in Gayn­dah will be eased, thanks to a $4 mil­lion raw-wa­ter-in­take sys­tem that opened last week.

Mayor Don Waugh said wa­ter re­stric­tions would be “lifted in a week or so” of the sys­tem’s com­mis­sion­ing.

Bur­nett State Col­lege deputy prin­ci­pal Rus­sell Kemp said main­tain­ing the sports ground for lo­cal, re­gional and Wide Bay car­ni­vals had been a chal­lenge in the dry con­di­tions.

“We have strug­gled. The lit­tle bits of rain have got us out of trou­ble,” Mr Kemp said.

Gayn­dah moved to level-three wa­ter re­stric­tions af­ter the 2013 flood dam­aged the wa­ter-in­take sys­tem at Claude Whar­ton Weir just weeks af­ter it was re­paired.

Com­mu­nity Re­cov­ery and Re­silience Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli said the new sys­tem had been built up­stream of Claude Whar­ton Weir and it was the first flood-re­silience project un­der the state’s Bet­ter­ment Fund.

“When it comes to bet­ter­ment we sim­ply can’t af­ford not to do it,” he said.

“If you pick your pro­jects right, if you put a bit of vi­sion and long-term thought into it, you are, in fact, sav­ing money for future ratepay­ers and tax­pay­ers.”

Other works have in­cluded the 5m rais­ing of a sec­tion of the $6.4 mil­lion Gayn­dah-Mun­dub­bera Rd at Riverbend.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the road­works would help re-open an es­sen­tial freight and trans­port link for North Bur­nett res­i­dents.

“The floods were so se­vere they washed around two kilo­me­tres of Mun­dub­bera Rd right away,” Mr O’Dowd said.

Mayor Don Waugh com­pli­mented the gov­ern­ment and con­trac­tors for the work’s speedy com­ple­tion.

“This job was only started in Fe­bru­ary and it was fin­ished at the end of July,” he said.

“For the amount of work that’s been done it’s a mas­sive project.

“Ev­ery day we are work­ing to im­prove the lives of res­i­dents ... and I thank the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience and sup­port through­out the re­cov­ery process.”


PUMPED: David Crisa­fulli shakes hands with Mayor Don Waugh while Ken O'Dowd (left), and Deputy Pre­mier Jeff Seeney (right) look on.

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