Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Firm Strives to Shore Up Future Cost Proves Big Hurdle to Fixing Creek's Banks

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Firm Strives to Shore Up Future Cost Proves Big Hurdle to Fixing Creek's Banks

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Michael Cormack


PLANS to repair the banks of Swan Ck at Yangan continue to be delayed, with the cost of the repairs a hurdle for Carey Bros Abattoirs owner Greg Carey.

Engineers have been working on a plan to secure the banks of the creek, which are now perilously close to abattoir infrastructure, since the January 2011 floods first caused damage.

A significant portion was then eroded in the Australia Day floods last year and in late March this year.

Mr Carey said the cost of repairs to the bank continued to delay a solution.

"The cost (of repairing the banks) is the bother; there are three key areas being identified as needing high priority preservation," Mr Carey said.

"We have qualified for a small grant from the Queensland Rural Adjustment Assistance scheme but the question is can I afford the difference between the grant and the cost?

"If there is to be another flood in the future, further erosions to the banks will be a major risk."

Mr Carey said Condamine Alliance was assisting with the project.

"CAREY Bros are currently in consultation with Condamine Alliance with regards to how we can fund the project of repairing the damaged creek banks, prior to any future flooding events and ensure that any further damage can be kept to a minimum," Mr Carey said.

"At this particular time, Condamine Alliance is endeavouring to gain more outside support to assist with the completion of the project.

"Carey Bros are committed to continue processing fresh carcass meat from our Yangan location because we see ourselves as being an important link in the supply of fresh meat to south Queensland.

"This setback with erosion will not stop us from continuing to supply fresh carcass meat as we have done for 70 years."

Condamine Alliance manager - rivers Kevin Graham said assistance from the community was welcome.

"We have to remember that the events which have caused damage to the banks of Swan Ck also impacted many others around the region," Mr Graham said.

"Many are still suffering and as such it is difficult to ask them to contribute.

"However, if there are any individuals who wish to help out, they can contact us at Condamine Alliance. …

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