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Claims the council's floodproofing a road that doesn't flood

Denis Chapman organised the petition against the council building a floodway on Moorabinda Dr at Sunshine Acres.
Denis Chapman organised the petition against the council building a floodway on Moorabinda Dr at Sunshine Acres. Valerie Horton

RESIDENTS are questioning why the Fraser Coast Regional Council is spending almost half a million dollars on flood proofing a road that doesn't flood.

About 60 residents have signed a petition to stop the council turning a section of Moorabinda Dr at Sunshine Acres into a causeway.

Work on the $380,000 project is scheduled to start on April 8 and take eight weeks to complete.

Denis Chapman organised the petition because he believes the council is "wasting $400,000 of ratepayer's money".

The council will lower the road despite raising it 300mm in 2012 to mitigate flooding.

Mr Chapman, a resident there for 15 years said he wasn't flooded in 2013 despite hundreds of millimetres of rain falling in days.

But he said if the council lowers the road it will cut homes off during slight downpours.

"When we get rain we're going to have a big flow of water across the road," he said.

"We feel that what the council is doing do our road is de-valuing out properties."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell confirmed the council was restoring the road to its previous 2012 height.

"By raising the road and installing the culverts, water from small storms was channelled into the culverts rather than crossing the road," he said.

Cr O'Connell said the council had received state and federal funds to improve stormwater flows across the road and provide erosion protection works.

"One option was to install more culverts and create drainage channels across two downstream properties," he said.

"Council was unable to reach an agreement with downstream property owners to build the drainage channels, so has moved to lower the road and create a floodway."

Cr O'Connell said installing the floodway would not affect the zoning of the land.

Mr Chapman said along with the petition, residents had met on Sunday to discuss the project.

"We've put a petition in to stop it and the council have just told us they're not stopping it, they're going ahead with it," he said.

Topics:  flooding, fraser coast regional council, gerard o'connell, hervey bay, infrastructure, project, sunshine acres



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