Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Council backs floating boom gate invention

By William Rollo, Thursday February 14, 2013 - 11:35 EDT

Gladstone Regional Council has thrown its support behind a local inventor who has developed a floating boom gate.

Miriam Vale man David Bagnall came up with the idea to attach a floating boom to both sides of the road, so the gate automatically closes when a road is flooded over.

Mayor Gail Sellers says the council has allocated $40,000 to install two prototype units within the region.

"It's one of those wonderful stories of a small operator who saw a need and then filled the need by inventing his own floodgates," she said.

"David is a truck driver and he saw the dangerous situation on those gravel roads and on bitumen roads and felt that he needed to be able to help."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone Winston: Fiji struggles to rebuild six months after storm devastated the country

18:23 EST

Victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji are struggling to rebuild their lives six months after the category five storm devastated large parts of the country.

Perth ending winter on a wet note

17:45 EST

Perth could see the heaviest rain in more than a month tonight as a late-winter front hits the southwest.

Drought's devastating impact on outback Queensland towns to be studied for new report

16:01 EST

For people living in outback Queensland, the impact of the ongoing drought can be seen everywhere.