Council to ease level 3 water restrictions
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.