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Ipswich councillor calls for class action settlement over 2011 Queensland flood disaster

By Courtney Wilson, Monday January 11, 2016 - 21:11 EDT

There are renewed calls for a settlement in the $1 billion class action against the Queensland Government and its two water authorities over the 2011 flood disaster.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn is representing about 4,000 Brisbane and Ipswich flood victims in a bid to claw back more than $1 billion lost in the disaster from defendants SEQ Water, Sunwater and the Government.

The class action claims too much water was released from Wivenhoe Dam at the peak of the floods to unnecessarily push up the Brisbane and Bremer rivers.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully, who is part of the class action, marked the fifth anniversary of the disaster by calling for a settlement.

About 600 properties were flooded in Goodna, including Cr Tully's.

"There's still a lot of people who are still red raw over this disaster and are really hanging on this class action to help them move forward," he said.

Cr Tully said an out-of-court settlement would help flood victims still struggling.

"People after five years now are very jaded, very unhappy, and they'd like to see an out-of-court settlement of the claim," he said.

"In Ipswich there are probably 300 to 400 properties that are still to be repaired or still to have their repairs finalised."

SEQ Water's Mike Foster said Wivenhoe Dam is managed differently today.

"We had the Lockyer and the Bremer flowing, major contributors to that, but there's certainly no doubt that through that process, how the dam was managed and having to get that water out certainly contributed, but at that point in time that was certainly based on the best understanding, best systems we had in place," he said.

If the case does got to trial it will not be until 2017 at the earliest.


© ABC 2016

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