The flooded Mary River
The flooded Mary River Valerie Horton

Flood-warning funding for Wide Bay councils

FLOOD-warning systems will be put in place for Bundaberg after its council received more than $290,000 in State Government grants.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council was given $82,000 last year to fund river gauges similar to those funded for Bundaberg, but a final design has yet to be settled. Mayor Gerard O'Connell said 11 flood monitors already in place across the region had provided up-to-date information to emergency agencies during last summer's floods.

The council is currently finalising the design for the gauge system and expects to install them before the next wet season.

Bundaberg Regional Council will receive $148,105 to help install five new River Height Stations approved by Bureau of Meteorology as part of its Flood Monitoring and Warning System. The stations will feed live data directly to council and BOM on a 24-hours-a-day basis and the Local Disaster Management Group will automatically receive alerts if changes to river height levels are detected.

The North Burnett Regional Council will also receive $150,000 towards conducting a flood mitigation study of vulnerable towns including Abercorn, Mundubbera, Monto and Eidsvold.

Community recovery and resilience Minister David Crisafulli said spending the money would help prepare the wider Burnett region for possible flooding in the future.

"The Burnett region felt the full force of mother nature in January, and while we can never entirely flood-proof these areas, we can do a lot more to help them be prepared," he said.

"The recovery and rebuild is steaming ahead but we are just as determined to work with councils to find better ways to warn and protect communities."

It will be the first comprehensive flood study ever conducted in the North Burnett despite years of regular flooding.

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