Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Subsidies sought to lift flood-prone Bundaberg homes

By Alyse Edwards, Monday March 4, 2013 - 11:18 EDT

The Bundaberg Regional Council will introduce a minimum height legislation for homes built in flood-prone areas in the southern Queensland city.

Mayor Mal Forman says the council is considering subsidising the scheme for about 2,000 properties that were affected in January's floods.

However, he says without more funding from the state and federal governments, residents will have to pay for it themselves.

"If we can't get the subsidy they'll have to pay the lot, but if we can get a subsidy scheme in we will put a portion towards the cost for them to do that," he said.

"That's how it would work - we'd have to work through the whole circumstance but I believe what we could offer them would be something that would make people think, 'yes, that's worthwhile them doing it'."

He says the scheme would be voluntary.

"Over 2,000 properties with waters over their floorboards but how many would take up the offer of raising their homes is up to each person voluntarily or individually," he said.

"However, the best guesstimates that we've been told so far, it could cost in the vicinity of $40,000 on average, per home, to raise their home."

The council will discuss what the minimum height should be at a meeting today.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

South Australia weathers rough storms, wakes to assess flood damage

09:34 EST

South Australians are waking to assess the damage amid rising floodwaters, after two nights of severe weather that battered much of the state.

SA weather: Thousands without power, flood warnings issued for Barossa Valley and Onkaparinga

09:02 EST

Flood warnings are in place to the north and south of Adelaide, including in SA's premier wine districts, while thousands remain without power after strong winds lashed the state overnight.

SA weather: Late night evacuations for Barossa Valley campers as North Para River breaks bank

08:53 EST

Holiday-makers were evacuated from their cabins and caravans in the middle of the night at a Barossa Valley caravan park after a nearby river broke its banks.