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Forum to air flood mitigation fears

By Alyse Edwards, Friday August 23, 2013 - 11:52 EST

A Bundaberg forum tonight is expected to attract more than 200 residents who say not enough is being done to mitigate against future flooding.

Two flood engineers will also present their findings on bypass flood channels and dredging for the Burnett River.

Forum organiser Christine Hardy says the council's response in the wake of ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald has been too slow.

"The forum is for council to hopefully present us with some answers and some action for the future and the near future," she said.

"We have summer approaching and at this stage nothing has been done.

"These 14 questions were asked at the first forum, and that was in June, and at this stage we still haven't had an answer."

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman says flood mitigation has been a focus for council since the 2011 floods.

He says he will detail the strategies, including river rainfall gauges and emergency disaster plans, at tonight's forum.

"We've done much flood mitigation work - we commenced in 2011 from that flood and right through until now with the 2013 flood," he said.

"It's given us more information.

"That has now been correlated and completed and the whole process has been about making informed, rational and workable decisions to build flood preparedness and resilience into the community."


- ABC

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