Clogged creek ‘not flood risk'
IPSWICH City Council and the State Department of Environment have assured businesses and sporting clubs perched along Bundamba Creek that debris left over from the floods will not pose an additional risk this summer.
Cr Trevor Nardi confirmed that inspections were carried out on a section of the creek near McCartney St, Booval - behind the Ipswich Basketball Stadium - on Tuesday.
Cr Nardi said a fallen gum tree which featured in a photograph in Tuesday's QT was deemed not to be worth removing due to the risk of erosion.
"The tree was most likely toppled several years ago during a flash flood," he said.
"Removal of this tree now would likely cause problems with erosion of the creek bank.
"Any removal would also need the approval of the State Government."
Council would not comment on the removal of other debris in the creek, which currently includes wheels and tyres, storage pallets, shopping trolleys, fallen pedestrian and road signs, and general rubbish.
However a Department of Environment and Resource Management spokesman confirmed it would be working with council to arrange for the removal of man-made debris wedged up against the tree.
Responsibility for cleaning debris from the creek itself rests with DERM, who can provide funds to organisations like local council and the Ipswich River Improvement Trust to carry out any work.
"The tree in question was assessed by experts and deemed not to be a flood hazard, but in fact a habitat for native animals," the DERM spokesman said.
"This tree has been there for many years and not the result of flooding earlier this year. It would be inappropriate to remove it."
The Ipswich Knights, basketball stadium, neighbouring businesses Ross Llewellyn Motors and Bunnings Warehouse have all suffered damage as a result of floods in 2008, 2009 and January this year.
However Cr Nardi said it was highly unlikely that a clean-up of the creek would have prevented that flooding.
Regardless of the ugly state of some sections of the creek, he said it did not appear to be affecting aquatic life.
"The creek is flowing nicely, with fish and turtles present," he said.