Council backs flood examination
IPSWICH City Council supports a review of planning guidelines as part of a State Government inquiry into the floods.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said a review of planning schemes, a program for buying back flood-prone homes and better early warning systems were crucial to any inquiry into the flood disaster.
Ipswich planning head Paul Tully said he supported a review but warned it would not be easy for the community.
At the moment, the state guideline adhered to by Ipswich is Q100, which means people can’t build where there was a one-in-100-year flood.
“If you make it Q150 then that means you can only build above a one-in-150-year flood, but it also reduces the amount of land available,” Cr Tully said. “If you make it Q200 then you could have a Q220 event.
“But then anything that reduces the number of houses flooded has to be considered.”
While he said it was premature to talk about buy-outs, Cr Tully supported reviewing early warning systems.
The council revealed yesterday about five per cent of the Ipswich population had been directly impacted from the flooding.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the flooding had impacted most severely in the suburbs of Goodna, East Ipswich, Brassall, Basin Pocket, Moores Pocket, North Karalee, North Booval, North Ipswich and the CBD.
“In Moores Pocket I would estimate about 70 per cent of the people were affected, in Goodna 40 per cent, in East Ipswich, North Booval and Basin Pocket 50 per cent, North Ipswich 20 per cent and around 30 per cent of businesses in the CBD.
“An even larger percentage of the community of Ipswich has been affected by this event and most people have found some way to help; family and friends and complete strangers
“I am so proud of our residents and all of the volunteers.
“The level of support shown makes me feel incredibly proud to be Australian and I think it will throw a particular significance on Australia Day when we celebrate it at the Bundamba Swim Centre.”