Ipswich council have no interest in flood mitigation

WHAT a well written letter from the apparent best friend of Cr Antoniolli, Mr Forster.

This is the election process and we know well in advance when the ballot draw is so we can plan it in our diary.

I was to be at a meeting in Brisbane at 10am with heads of government departments and council representatives from all over Queensland on Flood Plain Management.

It was a very important meeting as there was a presentation from the Insurance Council of Australia on the new calculations on floor heights for flood prone homes.

But I went to the ballot draw and then went to Brisbane to the meeting and arrived at the all-day meeting just one hour late.

At the meeting I was able to bring up a new submission for the establishment of a central organization for project approvals with flood mitigation and disaster management in government.

Currently 85% of all flood mitigation projects in Australian do not get funding, so we have set about rectifying this and the proposal will be taken to the Federal Government at the next meeting.

There was also information presented from the Insurance Council, that when a town or city puts in flood defence systems home insurance costs can reduce by between 30-70% as happened in Roma in Western Queensland.

We were presented with a new Queensland University study on a complete flood study and hydrology calculating system developed at UQ.

Also presented was a new software system developed by the Moreton Bay Regional Council which enables better records of at-risk homes and buildings and will accurately determine, within 200mm floor heights on all buildings and enable councils and insurance companies to better quote and better manage flood risk.

No one from the Ipswich Council has ever attended any of these meetings.

As for Cr Pisasale keeping politics out of council we only have to look at the current dispute between him and Jo-Ann Miller.

GARY DUFFY, Mayoral candidate


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