News

Federal MP questions council's flood plain approvals

FEDERAL member for Blair Shayne Neumann says Ipswich City Council has "questions to answer" in allowing developments in flood areas.

Does the Ipswich City Council have "questions to answer" in allowing developments in flood areas? Click here to vote in our Poll

With homes set to flood for the second time in two years in Ipswich, previous local government planning has been called into question.

"Questions need to be asked of the Ipswich City Council again in terms of the developments that have taken place in Ipswich since 1974, which has seen hundreds of properties flooded or at risk of flooding in two major floods," Mr Neumann said.

"I am concerned as to why developments have been placed in some of these areas adjacent to the river."

Cr Paul Tully, the Ipswich City Council's planning chairman, said council had "the most stringent (development) conditions in south east Queensland."

"In June of 2011 we brought in the temporary local planning instrument which has banned all residential development below the 1974 flood level. Previously we had used the Q100 level," he said.

"Most of the development at Goodna, for instance, was done in the 1940s and 1950s.Goodna didn't get a town plan until 1967 so prior to that there were no controls whatsoever."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said people were getting flooded because of "planning conditions of the past."

"I can't change the past, but the three levels of government need to work together in future about what can be done to help these people," he said.

"Right now, it is my job is to look after the people and that is what I am doing."

Does the Ipswich City Council have "questions to answer" in allowing developments in flood areas?

This poll ended on 04 February 2013.

Yes - 58%

No - 37%

Undecided - 4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  ipswich city council, land development, paul tully, shayne neumann




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Latest deals and offers

2016 Rosewood Show

Thousands of people passed through the gates to enjoy all the fun and entertainment...

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"