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Gympie council scraps $34m flood levee plans

Thursday January 30, 2014 - 12:07 EDT

The Gympie council will establish a working group to look at other options to mitigate flooding in the region.

Council yesterday voted to abandon plans to build a levee to protect the Gympie CBD after its cost increased by more than $11 million to more than $34 million.

Mayor Ron Dyne says a workshop will discuss the best options.

"We will certainly as a council sit down and look at other flood mitigation things," he said.

"Some that were identified in the Auricon report like Goomeri and Woolooga and then also some other ones that people have indicated should be considered.

"Certainly there's things like the flooding of Goomeri when Nangar Creek comes up. There's the flooding issues in Woolooga. There's obviously the flooding issues at the bowls club at Kandanga, Coondoo Creek.

"A very strong push in the Gympie area for another bridge over the Mary River that doesn't flood, so all of these things need to be discussed and see if they are viable options."


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