Residents fear Woodend plan
WOODEND residents concerned about a development for 500 townhouses on the banks of the Bremer River will hold a public meeting tomorrow.
The residents believe the development behind The Workshops Rail Museum will increase the flooding risk on the opposite riverbank.
They said it would also further contaminate the river with noxious materials dumped on the site and house 500 families on flood-prone land.
Resident Nick White said there was “widespread concern in the local community about the development” by Riverlink owner Leda.
“Recent flooding has reminded us that Ipswich is situated on a flood plain and that good planning would prohibit this kind of inappropriate development,” Mr White said.
He said a public meeting would be held tomorrow from 4.30pm at Woodend Park, 133 Woodend Rd, Woodend.
The purpose of the meeting is to focus on the development, its impact on environmental contamination and increased flooding issues for proposed units on the site and the surrounding suburb.
Leda Queensland general manager Greg Campbell said there was no flood risk for the development.
“It’s not flood prone,” Mr Campbell said.
“The actual top level of the site is above the Q100 flood level.
“The townhouses will all be above the flood levels.”
He said earthworks were approved by Ipswich City Council and State Government.
The site held up “fantastically well” during the flood, he said, and Leda was in the process of “remediating” the site.
A council spokesman said development approvals and flood reports for the site indicated the proposed development would not increase flood levels for neighbouring properties.
“Hydraulic modelling shows no increase to flood levels to upstream or downstream properties,” the spokesman said.
“The State Government approved a plan to remediate the land with strict guidelines to prevent and contain any potential contamination.”