Thagoona flood-proofing work needs $1m in extra funding
THAGOONA needs flood-proofing, but Cr David Pahlke says to achieve that goal up to $1 million in extra funding is needed from the State Government.
The Thagoona Flood Study is Ipswich City Council's number one priority of the 27 flood studies that have been conducted as a result of recent weather events. Rain is constantly flooding houses and yards in Adelong Ave, Carara Ave and Thagoona-Haiglsea Rd and other streets. Flood alleviation measures in the estate, approved before the 1974 floods, are urgently needed and Cr Pahlke says he needs $3.5 million to $4.5 million "to do it properly".
The council will put in $1.2 million and the Federal Government has promised a further $1.8 million. Cr Pahlke said council's $1.2 million would be used "to deepen and widen the drain that runs parallel to the road through Thagoona to take the water around the town", that would hopefully be in place before Christmas.
The Federal Government's $1.8 million should be used "to do the intersection works at Thagoona-Haigslea Rd and Karrabin-Rosewood Rd and internal works inside Thagoona".
Flood problems associated with a creek under the railway bridge at Thagoona are a major issue and extra funds are required from the state to deal with that.
"But the final piece of the equation is they will have to improve water flow under the railway line. They will have to widen the creek opening under the bridge so that more water can flow through, so it doesn't act like a dam or a restriction point. That would prevent the water from banking up along Adelong Ave. The state has got to put their hands up and say they are responsible. The Thagoona Flood Study highlights that they are responsible."
Cr Pahlke has asked Ipswich West MP Sean Choat to arrange an urgent meeting with Q Rail to discuss funding needs.
"There was a huge flood event in November 2008 where they got 400mm in four hours. This whole Thagoona situation stems from that. This project won't totally flood-proof Thagoona, but it will be a lot better than what is in place now," he said.