Flood-prone sites spark questions
COUNCIL planning officers were questioned on why some buildings in Ipswich were built on flood prone land at an inquiry into the January floods.
The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry continued in Ipswich yesterday in a hearing that saw a number of Ipswich City Council officials give evidence.
One of the issues raised was the site of the Kaleidoscope Child Care Centre, in Alice St Goodna, which was inundated in both the 1974 and 2011 floods.
Ipswich City Council assessment officer Timothy Foote was grilled on why a community use code in the planning scheme - that a childcare centre should avoid areas prone to flooding - seemed to have been ignored.
"So when we have a look at that Exhibit 830, which shows that this site was flooded in 1974, then how do you get over the community use code that 'avoid areas prone to flooding'?" council assisting Elizabeth Wilson asked.
"This is smack-bang in that area prone to flooding, wouldn't you say?"
Mr Foote said it was an area prone to flooding, but that the site was adjacent to an overland flow path, and that the site was above the Q100 flood level for that path, and that council imposed flood mitigation requirements on the site.
The Commissioner, Justice Catherine Holmes, intervened in the questioning when Mr Foote said the site would not be affected by flash flooding, allowing for effective evacuation procedures.
"But your outcome doesn't say "avoid areas prone to flooding unless you have a bit of notice"; there is no qualification to it?" Justice Holmes said.
"I acknowledge that," Mr Foote said.