Funds fail to flow for flood projects
THAGOONA homes risk being flooded and Rosewood's main street could become a river.
It has happened before and it will happen again if there is another major flood this summer.
Not a single sod of earth has been turned on nine key Ipswich flood mitigation projects 18 months after $10 million in funding was promised by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Former LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding went to the last federal election promising to deliver the funding.
It was a commitment made by both sides of politics no matter who won office.
The office of current Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has assured the QT the funds were signed off last week, but Cr David Pahlke has highlighted why the delay has been such a concern to both himself and the residents he represents.
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The problem for council now is that the projects, due to inflation, will now cost more money to complete.
Even if the money arrives this week they will not be completed in time for the next flood season.
There has been design work done on projects, such as the one at Thagoona, the council's priority project.
An existing swale needs upgrading and/or a levee needs constructing along the Karrabin-Rosewood Rd from O'Shea Gully to another gully to take stormwater away from the Thagoona township.
Cr Pahlke has highlighted the impacts of the delay on a community that has been ravaged by floods and that fears another deluge.
"The first floods hit Thagoona in November of 2008, six years ago," he said.
"We went through some flood studies, estimates and consultation like you wouldn't believe with residents.
"We have already spent about $250,000 on design and concept plans. It is just sitting there waiting to start.
"Thagoona is the council's number one project to find a solution for."
Cr Pahlke said a deluge of rain sees water run-off from the surrounding hills.
"You end up with water through the streets and in yards and houses," he said.
"We have $400,000 sitting there for some preliminary resumptions, but we need this $1.8 million to get it going."
The Rosewood project is needed to stop the main street turning into a raging torrent.
"In Rosewood we need $3 million to widen the town drain and take more water around the town rather than the main street," Cr Pahlke said.
"In a deluge it is like a river. The footpath becomes the town drain."
Cr Pahlke said the council "can't do anything" on any of the nine projects until the money is in the bank.
"Not one single dollar's worth of construction on these projects has started," he said.
"We can't do anything without the money.
"For council to find $10 million in its budget is like finding the whole road construction budget for a year.
"But (Blair MP) Shayne Neumann has told me it was in the forward estimates, so that when the new government took power it was sitting in the budget."
IPSWICH FLOOD MITIGATION PROJECTS TOTAL COST
- Thagoona Flood Study - $1,800,000: Upgrade the existing swale and/or construct a levee along Karrabin-Rosewood Rd from O'Shea Gully to named gully to convey stormwater run-off away from Thagoona "township". Location - Thagoona.
- Duncan St Drainage Study - $1, 400,000: (1) construct a detention basin adjacent to Shirley St for flood storage; and (2) upgrade the pipe system between Shirley St and Coleen Ct to increase its capacity and improve stormwater conveyance. Location - Redbank Plains
- Kerners Rd Drainage Study - $500,000: Construct a drainage channel along the western side of Kerners Rd to improve stormwater conveyance. Location - Yamanto
- Edwards St Drainage Study - $500,000: Upgrade the culverts under Whitehill Rd to improve their capacity. Location - Raceview
- Hunter St Drainage Study - $400,000: (1) Construct a levee/bund in Suttons Park for flood storage; (2) Construct a small drainage channel around church in Haig St; and (3) Increase the gully pit inlet capacity on Hunter St. Location - Brassal
- Duncan St Drainage Study - $2,000,000: (1) Construct a levee / bund along the western boundary of Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve to provide additional detention; and (2) Reconfigure the drainage channel between Susan St and Kentucky St to improve stormwater run-off conveyance. Location - Redbank Plains
- Rosewood Flood Study - $2,500,000: Upgrade/ reconfigure Masons Gully and the "Town Drain" (including culverts upgrade under John St and Albert St) to increase its capacity and improve stormwater conveyance. Location - Rosewood
- Booval Flood Study - $7,000,000: (1) Purchase 15 properties on Wattle St, Bergin St, Bridge St and Alexander St that regularly flood; (2) Return the residual land to open space / drainage reserve; and (3) Improve stormwater run-off conveyance through the new drainage reserve open space area. Location - Booval
- Edwards St Drainage Study - $400,000: Increase the pipe and gully pit capacity in the Mary St area. Location - Raceview