Study to Be Finished in Two Months; Businesses Fear Tight Timeline Will Not Produce Accurate Flood Impact Analysis

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Craig Warhurst

Mitigation options

Aurecon will investigate these and other options to provide a cost benefit analysis to council

Levees

Dams

Water retention or detention basins

Land buy back

Flood bypasses (channels)

Improved flood warning mechanisms on waterways feeding the Mary River

Higher bridges and roads

Fishermans Pocket bottleneck

CONCERNS the timeline for Gympieas flood mitigation study is too short have been put to bed by Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne.

During Monday nightas flood meeting, many business representatives raised concerns about the timeline and Aureconas ability to properly calculate the cost to Gympie businesses in 8-10 weeks by just conducting interviews with business operators.

Nolan Meatsa representative Michael Nolan said larger businesses would need time to collate the flood impact to give an accurate figure of losses to staff and the company.

He said if things were not done properly the report may not be worth the paper it was written on. …