News

Flood proofing Maryborough can be done for less

Dave Barrowcliffe says it's not rocket science to flood proof Maryborough as he shares his plan for a cheaper alternative.
Dave Barrowcliffe says it's not rocket science to flood proof Maryborough as he shares his plan for a cheaper alternative. Robyne Cuerel

FORGET the $6 million being spent by the government and the council on flood proofing Maryborough's CBD - Dave Barrowcliffe believes he can do it for less than $750,000.

The Maryborough man wants to strategically place Hesco barriers throughout the heritage town to stop the rise of the rapid Mary River.

Hesco barriers are made from geotextile material, welded together with wire mesh and filled with sand - like a giant sandbag.

The barriers were deployed last month in the US city of Iowa to stop the raging Mississippi river and have also been used to protect troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In June, the State Government announced $6 million would be spent on a 1.8m portable flood barrier, permanent pump station and upgrades to Adelaide St.

A Hesco flood barrier is installed in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
A Hesco flood barrier is installed in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Contributed

"I've overestimated," he said.

Mr Barrowcliffe said the barriers would be placed on Sussex St, near Wharf St and on Richmond St.

"Those are the three entry points of Maryborough floods," he said.

The ex-serviceman got talking with a former comrade and now has a wealth of knowledge on the value of Hesco barriers.

"I got more information out than a normal inquiry would," he said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was still assessing the best locations and the height of the structure .

"We've got a couple of versions which we thing are goers," he said.

"We have been very extensive in our research and technical work and it's still a working progress."

Despite admitting he didn't have engineering expertise, Cr O'Connell was cautiously excited by the possibility of the Hesco system.

"I haven't dismissed it," he said.

However it's not only the Mary River that contributes to the CBD's drowning.

"Not only does it flood from the river - it's also the flooding through the mains, the stormwater and the localised flood fall," Cr O'Connell said.

"A big part of the expense of this is to have a pump that has the capacity to do the pumping."

The State Government has given the council one year to have their levees organised and ready to go.

But Local Government Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said it wasn't his decision what materials would be used.

"While I am always interested in new and innovative ways to protect Queenslanders from flooding, the projects need to be driven by local councils," he said.

"All across Queensland, we have backed projects put forward by local councils to best protect their communities."

Topics:  flood proofing, floods, fraser coast regional council, maryborough, state government



LETTER: What is the problem with drivers in Hervey Bay?

Why are drivers here so rude?

One reader wonders why drivers are so rude.

Cr Maddern declines to defend position on fracking

Councillor Anne Maddern said fracking was an issue for the State Government.

"I do not...propose taking a public position on the matter."

Time is almost up for second advisor appointed to council

The council's second advisor will leave the Fraser Coast today.

The advisor was appointed earlier this year.

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual