Council warned to take action Flood risk ‘ overlooked’
T OWNSVILLE Ci t y Co u n c i l Mayor Les Tyrell has hit back at claims the city could be next to face a serious flood.
Geophysical surveyor Kevin Parkes has warned unless major mitigation work was done, the city could face a huge disaster.
Mr Parkes raised his fears with the online Queensland Flood Inquiry.
‘‘ The lack of interest council has taken to this serious problem has been a total abomination,’’ he said.
‘‘ They’ve not done anything to mitigate major flooding issues at all. They go out of their way to put drains in so the small amount of rain and flooding goes away to keep the public happy.’’
Mayor Les Tyrell said
flood mitigation was a council planning.
‘‘ The city is built on a flood plain of the Ross River with the dam our primary protection,’’ he said.
‘‘ The most significant flood protection work in recent years was the $ 115 million upgrade of the Ross River Dam which takes it to the highest international standards for dam safety.’’
Mr Parkes said there were major concerns for areas surrounding the Ross and Bohle rivers.
‘‘ Just looking at the Upper Ross area going into Kirwan there are 20,000 people who are unprotected by lack of mitigation works,’’ he said.
‘‘ None of the mitigation options proposed in the Bohle River Flooplain Management Study were carried out. They got a consultant to do a report on flood mitigation and they tabled possible options but they didn’t act on
of any options presented to them.’’
Cr Tyrell said council was listening and had undertaken studies and acted on them.
‘‘ The council has also undertaken flood studies and flood modelling in recent years to further safeguard the city against flood and to develop strategies for mitigation work,’’ he said.
‘‘ These studies included a Flood Mitigation Strategy of the entire city which we initiated immediately after amalgamation, which has resulted in the recent completion of the Bohle River Flood Plain Study, and the Ross River Flood Study which is under way at present.’’
Mr Parkes said council had so far refused to acknowledge his claims.
‘‘ I’ve been making my concerns clear for years,’’ he said. ‘‘ They do what all councils do and try to appease your concerns with serving words and that’s it, there’s been no action.’’