Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones speaking to media about plans to reduce Lockyer Valley flood problems.
Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones speaking to media about plans to reduce Lockyer Valley flood problems. Sarah Harvey

$100m for Lockyer Valley flood-proofing plan

THE Lockyer Valley council has a $100 million plan to solve the region's flood problems.

Valley Mayor Steve Jones yesterday announced a plan to improve drainage throughout the region, investigate levees and install cameras reporting directly to the disaster management centre in Gatton.

Cr Jones said the plan, which has been submitted to the State Government for partial funding, would see major improvements for flood-affected towns like Laidley and Withcott.

"We've got some big ticket items in the program which include flood mitigation and some important road infrastructure projects which will allow residents to travel more freely around the region in times of flood," he said.

"We realise that the pool of money available isn't a large one when it needs to cover the entire state so we prioritised our projects for funding."

Cr Jones said he expected the council would have to fund at least a third of the project but he had been involved in discussions with state and federal authorities.

The program includes a staged and integrated flood mitigation plan for the Laidley Creek catchment that Cr Jones said could reduce flood levels in and around Laidley and benefit places like Somerset, Ipswich and Brisbane.

"Our council undertook a full analysis of betterment across the region which was a figure well over $200 million but we acknowledge these funds simply aren't available in this initial round of betterment funding," he said.

Cr Jones said the banks and levees were being considered but the council was hesitant to use them as they could potentially move flooding to other areas.

"The focus of our priorities is on projects which directly assist the community in times of disaster," he said.

He said moving flood-affected parts of Laidley, similar to the Grantham project, was still being considered.

"That is one of our options and we're looking at all our options. Obviously at the moment of course governments are not so keen on relocation."


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