'Open floodgates to protect Goodna'

GOODNA councillor Paul Tully is pleading with the State Government to open the Wivenhoe Dam floodgates to protect Goodna from another major flood this summer.

Goodna was the worst affected suburb in south-east Queensland during January's flood disaster, when 600 properties were flooded.

More than nine months on, many home-owners have still not moved back into their homes.

Cr Tully has slammed dam operators for failing to act on the latest predictions from the Bureau of Meteorology for another wet summer.

He said Goodna was the first major residential suburb on the Brisbane River downstream of Wivenhoe Dam and was defenceless against flooding.

"Last year, the dam operators dilly-dallied for four months and finally panicked when the dam level almost reached 200%," Cr Tully said.

"This year they must be sitting around smoking opium if they think it can't happen again."

Cr Tully said the State Government should reject the dam operators' optimism and order immediate slow releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

"In 1893, there were three floods in the one year and there is no guarantee that Ipswich and Brisbane won't be swamped again this year," he said.

Cr Tully, who lost his own home at Goodna in the January flood, said another flood in Goodna would totally destroy 600 families who had just started rebuilding their lives and homes.

"The dam operators can sit in their air-conditioned offices in downtown Brisbane gambling on future weather forecasts," he said

"These fat cats should come out to Goodna where they would receive a civic reception they would never forget."

The State Government has committed to making a decision on dam levels within two weeks, following the latest Bureau of Meteorology long range forecast

SEQ Water is releasing about 900 megalitres a day from the catchment, which sits at 82.6%.


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