Grants fight flood threat
IPSWICH will collect $560,000 in Federal Government grants to help protect the city from the threat of flooding.
Funding from the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program will be allocated to these projects:
- $550,000 towards The Ipswich Rivers Improvement Trust for the voluntary purchase and removal of up to 15 houses in Parker Street, Mill Street and Enid Street, Goodna, at high risk of flooding from Woogaroo Creek.
- $10,000 for Ipswich City Council for a planning study into the reduction of flood vulnerability for the Albert Street/Lower James Street area in Goodna.
Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll said both projects directly addressed risk to life and property by enabling people to relocate away from the risk.
“The depth of flooding in a major regional flood would lead to structural failure in many of the properties and the high velocity in local flooding (could lead to) risk to life,” he said.