The Queensland Natural Resources Minister says landholders and residents in the Ingham area will benefit from a new plan to clear two frequently flooded creeks in the district.
The Member for Hinchinbrook, Andrew Cripps, says flooding at Cattle and Frances creeks regularly cuts off the Bruce Highway south of Ingham and could be alleviated by clearing weeds and sediment build-up from the areas.
He says the former Labor government rejected calls for the areas to be cleared because of environmental concerns but he is confident the new plan strikes the right balance for landholders and the environment.
"If we don't do this type of work, if we don't clear these watercourses from excessive amounts of sediment and debris that has built up as a result of the cyclone, there could be other adverse, significant erosion events in these watercourses causing greater environmental damage in the future," he said.
Canegrowers' Herbert River spokesman Peter Sheedy says weeds and sediment build-up in the creeks are one of the main causes of frequent flooding in the area.
He says growers have been calling for approval to clear the area for some time.
"Since the new Government has taken charge, we're seeing a very different attitude in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, it's been reshaped and very encouraging signs coming out of that department wanting to help people that want to help themselves," he said.
© ABC 2012
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