The Courier-Mail

Gran­tham quarry in the clear


A CON­FI­DEN­TIAL flood study points the fin­ger of blame at a cen­tury-old rail­way em­bank­ment for con­tribut­ing to the dev­as­tat­ing Gran­tham flood four years ago, The Aus­tralian news­pa­per re­ports.

The 200-plus page study was given in con­fi­dence to par­ties in the flood in­quiry yesterday af­ter be­ing or­dered in May by Wal­ter Sofronoff QC, who chairs the royal com­mis­sion-style in­quiry.

The com­puter-sim­u­lated study found the De­nis Wag­ner-owned quarry, which had been at the cen­tre of hear­ings into the deaths of 12 peo­ple killed in the Jan­uary 10, 2011 flood, had zero ad­verse im­pact on the in­land tsunami that en­gulfed lives and prop­erty, the news­pa­per re­ports.

The Wag­n­ers, who opened Aus­tralia’s first pri­vately-funded air­port near Toowoomba, have stren­u­ously de­nied the quarry caused the flood­ing.

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