Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Mayor Hits Back at Council Critics; Call for Local Councils to Be More Careful Met with Anger

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Mayor Hits Back at Council Critics; Call for Local Councils to Be More Careful Met with Anger

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AN ANGRY Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has hit back at Insurance Council of Australia chief executive Rob Whelanas criticism of local authoritiesa flood policies.

Mr Whelan, on ABC Television, said that while local councils needed to be more careful when considering flood plains and risky areas to development, state and federal governments should also play their part.

Mr Pisasale said the Insurance Council amust be living in 1983a.

aPeople like Rob Whelan from the Insurance Council should get out on the ground and see how premiums are hurting,a he said.

Mr Whelan said the use of levee banks, improved planning practices and more flood mitigation infrastructure were essential to minimise future floods.

He said the price of insurance premiums directly reflected the risk of floods in areas such as Bundaberg and Grafton.

aMany of these properties have flooded probably two or three times in certain parts of Queensland in the last five years,a he said. …

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