Flood study funding returned to council
HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars of State Government flood study funding, which went unspent in previous natural disasters, have been returned to the region this month - and the Banana Shire Council is not delaying putting the money to good use.
Council has been quick to spend the $380,000 dedicated to carrying out a local flood study after a delay in processes resulted in the original funding, distributed in 2011, being withdrawn.
Six months since Cyclone Marcia flooded the region and two months since the Callide Creek Flood Study was released by Inspector General Iain MacKenzie, Banana Shire Council has been re-granted the money and added $60,000 from its own piggy bank.
Council was quick off the mark after the February 20 disaster and funded phase one of the study before the State Government came to the party with the remaining funds.
Banana Shire Council CEO Ray Geraghty said the study should be tackled sooner rather than later.
"We're looking at completing the study shire-wide as quickly as possible, within six months," Mr Geraghty said.
While the first phase of the study involved mapping flood water movements and depths, the remainder of the study will focus on infrastructure and disaster message communications.
"We are working with the community and SunWater in a whole heap of things like the timing of messages, the content and who gets them," Mr Geraghty said.
Mayor Ron Carige said council needed to work with the community in times of natural disaster and the flood study aimed to focus on some of those avenues.
"It all comes down to being able to carry out things better," Mr Carige said.