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Council 'overwhelmingly' supports push for flood levee funds

By Alyse Edwards, Thursday August 22, 2013 - 10:14 EST

The Gympie Regional Council will push ahead with its bid to gain State and Federal Government funding to build a flood levee in the city.

The plan was voted on yesterday after councillor Ian Peterson initially opposed the $23 million construction - which would protect about 90 CBD businesses from floods below 22 metres.

However, Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett says the levee has overwhelming support.

"Council overwhelmingly supported not only the proposal to take it to the next stage but also to seek funding ... to build the levee to protect the CBD, from both the state and federal governments," he said.

"He put forward a view that perhaps it was going to be too costly for the ratepayers but in fact he was the only one in opposition to moving it to the next stage.

"That [next stage] means doing some further geotechnical work, so to really get an understanding of what's under the ground, what we're going to be dealing with now to get a design proposal in place but more importantly to get backing from both the state and Federal Government because this is a project that council can't afford by itself.

"We do need support from those levels of government, so we're seeking that commitment."


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