No fund­ing means no levee

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THIS IS­SUE? EMAIL: ed­i­to­rial@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

A LEVEE to pro­tect Mun­dub­bera from a flood like the one that hit the area in 2013 will not go ahead with­out more fund­ing.

Res­i­dents at a pub­lic meet­ing on Mon­day heard that a levee to pro­tect the town would cost up to $27 mil­lion.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt said the levee needed more fund­ing from other tiers of gov­ern­ment to go ahead.

“The $5 mil­lion that is avail­able to us (from the State Gov­ern­ment) would only build a levee to pro­tect the town of Mun­dub­bera from a one-in-50-year flood,” he said.

“The pre­ferred op­tion is a levee that would pro­tect

Mark Pitt Pre­ferred op­tion is a levee that would pro­tect Mun­dub­bera from a one-in-100-year flood.

Mun­dub­bera from a one-in-100-year flood, but the cost of that in­fra­struc­ture would cost be­tween $14.6 mil­lion and $23.3 mil­lion.

“So with­out fur­ther fund­ing the coun­cil will not pro­ceed with any levee.”

GHD en­gi­neer John Postelth­waite ex­plained to Mon­day’s au­di­ence what was needed to pro­tect the town.

“A levee that would pro­tect the town from a 2013-like flood would have to be 8m high in places and it would be 58m wide at the widest and would cost $27.4 mil­lion,” Mr Postelth­waite said.

At a spe­cial meet­ing in the Mun­dub­bera Cham­bers on Tues­day, the day after the pub­lic meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to support the con­struc­tion of a levee to pro­tect the town from a flood sim­i­lar to the lev­els of the 2013 event if the coun­cil re­ceived fund­ing from other tiers of gov­ern­ment.

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