Official government maps are not showing the true extent of flooding in Kholo, resident Phil Rothwell says.
Official government maps are not showing the true extent of flooding in Kholo, resident Phil Rothwell says.

Flooding maps 'not accurate'

KHOLO resident and former engineer Phil Rothwell has proof that the Queensland Reconstruction Authority has posted data on its website that could be a potential minefield for homeowners in the area.

Mr Rothwell said the maps on the www.qldreconstruction.org.au website were two metres out.

In his submission to the State Government’s flood inquiry, Mr Rothwell sent a photo of the location that he parked his car in Skyline Dr, Kholo, where the water was two metres over the road in parts (see picture).

But the Queensland Reconstruction flood maps on their website show that it never crossed the road at all.

“If someone was thinking of coming to Kholo to buy a house and looked at the Queensland Reconstruction Company website they’d see Skyline Dr at Kholo never went under,” he said.

“But I’ve got a photo showing that it definitively went two metres under water. That certainly has a bearing on the value of the properties.

“The biggest purchase a person can make in their life is a house or a block of land.

“People are buying blocks of land now. If the data is wrong, then people may suffer.”

One of the questions raised by Mr Rothwell in his submission was: Why has the Queensland Reconstruction Authority no aerial photos on their site of Kholo?

“There were helicopters going everywhere during the floods. Surely they could have had cameras on them or people taking fixed photos like I have,” he said.

The data on the flood map of the Kholo area on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website led Mr Rothwell to suspect that the department was under resourced.

“I’ve got a document from 1984 that shows the 1974 flood height when I bought my block and their existing flood map perfectly mirrors the 1974 flood map – so I’d say that they have just transposed that 1974 flood level across.

“I have sent them accurate data and here we are, well over a week later, and it is still not on the website.”

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has responded to Mr Rothwell and said it was “committed to utilising feedback to ensure the flood lines are as accurate as possible for future natural disasters.”



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