$6m flood levee plans to stop M'boro CBD inundation
MARYBOROUGH CBD business owners are concerned a $6 million flood levee upgrade will not be enough to stop their livelihoods from being washed away again.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has announced a new portable levee and water pump station after a new funding agreement was signed by both the State and the council last week.
"The 2013 floods had a significant impact on business owners and workers in the CBD and left a multi-million dollar bill for [us] to deal with," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.
The Maryborough CBD Flood Resilience project will include a bigger portable levee, made out of metal sections, extending from St Mary's church in Adelaide St to the town hall and will be able to stand a river water height of 11.4m, about 70cm higher than the 2013 water level.
Owner of Parkside on Adelaide Cafe Stacey Gleich watched her business flood in 2013 and said something had to be done to prevent it happening again, but was concerned about the council's current plans.
"I just worry they haven't consulted enough with businesses and they haven't looked at all of their options."
Director of Earle's Paint Place of Adelaide St Melissa White said the levee did not protect her business.
"They could put a wall down the corner of Lennox and Sussex St and it could hold back more water."
The project will cost the Queensland Government $4.8 million, and the Fraser Coast Regional Council $1.2 million and is expected to begin early next year.
The majority of the grant will go towards a new flood pump system, which will run underneath the shops along Kent St.
Other parts of the funding will go towards pavement works and a new concrete retaining wall on Adelaide St.
The project must be completed by February 2017.
The original levee could stop water up to 10.2m
The 2013 flood reached 10.7m and went over the temporary wall