Jury out on land­slide risk

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

IF THE mas­sive scar on the moun­tain above the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre has caught your at­ten­tion, you are not alone.

Last week an aerial drone sur­vey of the area was com­mis­sioned by the Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice.

Lo­cal drone op­er­a­tors Th3rd Di­men­sion Me­dia climbed to Honeyeater look­out in or­der to sur­vey the land­slide which ap­peared soon af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie hit the Whit­sun­days.

A spokesper­son for QPWS said the risk as­sess­ment sur­vey was con­ducted in or­der to de­ter­mine the like­li­hood of fur­ther land slides.

The risk as­sess­ment will give QPWS in­for­ma­tion on whether there are any im­me­di­ate and/or fu­ture is­sues.

“The pur­pose of the risk as­sess­ment is to de­ter­mine if there is a risk and if there are any mea­sures re­quired to mit­i­gate that risk,” the QPWS spokesper­son said.

An en­gi­neer from ARUP sur­veys in Cairns was also present last Thurs­day.

QPWS said the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered by the drone fly­over would be an­a­lysed and then it would be de­ter­mined if there was a chance of fu­ture land slips as the next wet sea­son ap­proached.

“When the as­sess­ment is com­plete, QPWS will know if there is a risk or not,” a spokesper­son said.

The amount of earth dis­placed is un­known.

PHOTO: TH3RD DI­MEN­SION ME­DIA

LAND­SLIDE: Drone im­agery of the Can­non­vale land­slide taken last Thurs­day.

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