Cash for flood levees

LOCKYER Valley residents will be better prepared for future floods after funding for new levees was announced yesterday.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said a $2.3 million 3km levee around Forest Hill and a 7km levee around Laidley would be constructed.

The funding includes overland flow maps for Plainland, Gatton South and Summerholm areas and a comprehensive flood study for Regency Downs, and planning and approvals to increase Gatton Creek capacity.

The State Government announced more than $13 million would be spent to help councils deliver the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry recommendations.

Mr Crisafulli said it is the first instalment of a $40 million fund to be rolled out over the next three years.

"The state's local councils are in the best position to deliver what's needed to protect their communities against future floods," he said.

"We'll do our bit to help them by getting the money from this year's budget out to them as soon as possible.

"In a state like Queensland, no one can afford to be complacent about preventing damage from natural disasters.

"It's not a matter of "if" there's the next big flood, it's a matter of being prepared when it happens."

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the four new gauges would provide more effective flood forecasting, and would take the total number in Brisbane to 70.

"Last weekend's storms were a timely reminder to us all about the weather's unpredictability, and that we need to be prepared for future flooding events," he said.

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