COUNCIL’S FLOOD PLAN: Synthia Berthelsen, cleans up the local tourist centre in Gayndah after the 2013 floods. Picture: Jono Searle
COUNCIL’S FLOOD PLAN: Synthia Berthelsen, cleans up the local tourist centre in Gayndah after the 2013 floods. Picture: Jono Searle

Council enacts strategy against devastating floods

WITH the devastating fallout of the 2010 and 2013 floods still fresh in their memories, council have enacted a strategy to prepare for the worst.

The North Burnett Regional Council will begin the flood marker project in June to warn residents of impending flood waters.

Several flood height markers will be strategically placed throughout the townships of Gayndah and Mundubbera relevant to information provided by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

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For example, if BOM has predicted a 17 metre flood in Mundubbera, the community will be able to visit these markers see how high the water will rise.

Mayor Rachel Chambers said one of the biggest concerns residents have raised was the stress of the unknown, and whether a flood may or may not impact them.

“We want to build the resilience of our community which enables them to take charge

of their own safety,” she said.

“By giving residents the tools to understand and monitor the river heights people can make better, more informed decisions for their family and help alleviate the stress of the unknown.”

Scars on the banks of the Burnett river at Gayndah in 2013. Pic Megan Slade.
Scars on the banks of the Burnett river at Gayndah in 2013. Pic Megan Slade.

In the past 10 years the Burnett catchment has seen two major floods which inundated homes in our community and four other rain events which significantly impacted and disrupted agricultural production in the region.

Flood information can be accessed on the Queensland Government flood check website here, and Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard here.

The North Burnett Flood Marker Project has been funded by the State Government’s Get Ready Queensland Funding Program and North Burnett Regional Council.


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