Study sug­gests build­ing dams in Bur­nett to save Bund­aberg

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

PARTS of the North Bur­nett could be turned into dams if a plan to stop Bund­aberg from flood­ing is en­acted.

One of the 11 op­tions in the Bund­aberg Flood Pro­tec­tion Study aims to pro­tect prop­er­ties on the lower Bur­nett River flood­plain by con­struct­ing dams in the up­per catch­ment, close to Mundubbera.

The study, con­ducted by en­gi­neer­ing group Ja­cobs for the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, said dams in the up­per catch­ment could mit­i­gate flood flows from the Up­per Bur­nett, Auburn and Boyne catch­ments.

It would in­volve con­struc­tion of a large 1.7 mil­lion me­gal­itre dam across the Bur­nett River flood­plain or a num­ber of smaller dams lo­cated in each of the river catch­ments.

It would cost about $1.3 bil­lion.

North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said such a con­struc­tion would only hap­pen over her dead body.

“I take my hat off to State Gov­ern­ment for putting it in pub­lic eye,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“What they said after the floods was they would bring ev­ery op­tion to the com­mu­nity which is what they’ve done.

“(Though) our com­mu­ni­ties’ im­pact must be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

A spokesman for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said no de­ci­sions had yet been made re­gard­ing the op­tion.

“The Bund­aberg Flood Pro­tec­tion Study was a key elec­tion com­mit­ment of the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment,” the spokesman said.

“Ja­cobs are cur­rently invit­ing com­mu­nity feed­back on the de­tailed as­sess­ments of all 11 flood-mit­i­ga­tion op­tions, in­clud­ing those which af­fect com­mu­ni­ties in the North Bur­nett catch­ment.

“The North Bur­nett com­mu­nity are im­por­tant stake­hold­ers in this process and are in­vited to make sub­mis­sions dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

“All as­sess­ments have been re­leased so the com­mu­nity is fully in­formed and can give their feed­back. No de­ci­sions have been made about any of the op­tions.”

De­spite all op­tions be­ing pre­sented to the State Gov­ern­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion, the re­port said the op­tion would be un­likely to achieve the de­sired out­come.

It said en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals would be un­likely, and the cost would be 14 times the ben­e­fits.


NOT HAPPY: Mayor Rachel Cham­bers is unim­pressed with the study.


OP­TION: The Bund­aberg Flood Pro­tec­tion Study was an­nounced fol­low­ing the 2013 floods that hit Bund­aberg (pic­tured) and the North Bur­nett.

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