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.