Opinion

Is M'boro CBD flood protection in the bag?

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

EDITORIAL: On occasions it can take a very long time for answers to enormous problems to arise.

And they can come after extensive research, with seemingly sound solutions set to be put in place.

This may be the case with protecting Maryborough from floodwater.

The suggestion of putting up a massive barrier where the water spills across the town - as the need arises - at first sounds far-fetched, but on investigation may be astoundingly workable and inexpensive.

Data presented to the council this week suggests the equivalent of a 1500-sandbag wall, taking 70 man hours (apologies, ladies) to build could be achieved in just 20 minutes.

Maryborough resident Dave Barrowcliffe is the man pushing the argument and he's put a lot of energy into this because he cares.

The current $6 million system proposed by the council would protect only the Maryborough CBD.

In theory, the other system may protect the town, keeping water away from low spots and ensuring its uninterrupted flow to higher ground where flooding should not occur.

If the theory is sound, it would be an amazing win for a fraction of the previously suggested cost.

The council has done a fine job in gaining funding for what should be a workable system, but there is still time to rethink and redirect for the better.

This system must be given complete and fair consideration.

Topics:  cbd, editorial, flood proofing, floods, john parker, maryborough




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