Seeney proposes raising of flood-prone homes
RAISING homes to a roof height of 9.5 metres above the ground has been suggested by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney as an option for flood-ravaged Bundaberg residents.
Mr Seeney this week announced the granting of a Temporary Local Planning Instrument for the city which he said would allow it to get on with the job of rebuilding.
"Bundaberg's flood in late January was its most devastating flood in recorded history," Mr Seeney said.
"Since then, my department has been working with council to get the city back on its feet and begin the mammoth rebuilding task.
"Implementing the TLPI will allow residents to repair their flood-affected homes faster and without the need to go through all the usual planning requirements."
Mr Seeney said raising homes would help prevent further damage in case of more flood events.
"Residents will also be able to raise their houses to 9.5 metres above ground level, sparing them from any future floods," he said.
"The focus of the rebuild is on increasing flood resilience in the affected areas so that we don't see such extensive damage again.''
A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman said flood resilience was achieved by requirements for new homes to meet a new defined flood height of 9.53m plus 300mm of freeboard space.
However no home in the area covered by the TLPI can exceed a height from ground level to roof peak of 9.5m - 0.3m under the minimum floor height unless a Code Assessable Building Work Application is lodged with council and approved.
"If a homeowner is repairing a property then a like for like situation exists with no compulsion to achieve levels as defined under the TLPI,'' the spokesman said.
The council is encouraging the use of flood resilient materials and said home owners would have to justify their projects.
Those that meet the defined flood height of 9.53m plus an additional 300mm of freeboard space, would need to seek approval to build above the maximum roof height of 9.5m.
"Obviously given the contours of the land the heights required to raise each home to meet the Defined Flood Height will differ,'' the spokesman said.
Raising an existing home to a lower level would also trigger a Code Assessable Building Work Application requiring the homeowner to justify the height chosen.
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