Grantham 'flood land' gets a new lease on life
AFTER sitting dormant for five years, blocks of unliveable land around Grantham are getting a new lease on life, with farmers offered the chance to lease them as production farmland.
The blocks, all former residential land, were exchanged for new home sites above the flood level as part of the Strengthening Grantham project following the devastating 2011 floods that tore through the district.
In the past five years the land has been progressively cleared of all debris, with Lockyer Valley Regional Council bearing the cost of the rehabilitation.
Following the completion of the land swap, the council is now giving farmers the opportunity to lease the land for agricultural purposes.
A Lockyer Valley Regional Council spokesperson said the land swap leasing was a good opportunity for farmers.
"It will be good for Grantham to have the land utilised again," the spokesperson said.
"We have had some interest from growers, and one potential grower wants to grow pumpkins on the land.
"It's a win-win for us and them because the land can't be used for residential purposes again."
To express interest in leasing the blocks of land in Grantham, contact the LVRC.