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Relocation being considered for Laidley homes

By Rhianwen Whitney, Monday February 4, 2013 - 13:50 EDT

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones says the council is considering the relocation of up to 100 homes in Laidley, west of Brisbane, to avoid future flood disasters.

About 100 homes and businesses in Laidley were inundated last week.

Dozens of properties were relocated to higher ground in the nearby town of Grantham after the devastating 2011 flood.

Councillor Jones says flood mitigation plans for Laidley are well underway and he is looking at a number of options.

"I don't think it's possible to move the whole town of course, but it may be possible to move sections," he said.

"Other measures, such as levee banks and different drainage arrangements and so forth, could all be put into a jigsaw to try to improve the situation.

"We're really just looking at how practical it is and how we finance it and all that sort of thing.

"Once we get those measures underway, we've had a number of stakeholder meetings over the past 12 or 18 months with the Laidley community, gauging their feelings.

"We'll plug those into the work we've done and hopefully come up with some good results."


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