Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli.
Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli. Valerie Horton

Crisafulli needs time to study flood petition

THE Queensland Government has delayed a full response to a petition to prevent major flooding at Pacific Haven.

The petition called for support for a plan to re-engineer part of the Cherwell River.

The plan, created by lobby group Friends of the Burrum River System Group, would mean removing soil from the last bend of the Cherwell River before it feeds into the Burrum River.

The group believes the plan would mitigate and prevent major flooding such as the Australia Day 2013 floods. Parts of Pacific Haven were evacuated after the Burrum River broke its banks and homes were inundated by more than a metre of water.

The petition gained 149 signatures before being tabled last month and a response was required to be tabled in Parliament by Thursday. Local Government Minister Mr Crisafulli instead tabled a four sentence interim response and did not give a date for when a full response would be tabled.

"The issues raised in the petition are complex and require further consideration," he said.

"This interim response to petition 2146-13 is provided on the basis that a final response will be tabled once these issues have been further considered."

Pacific Haven petition

The petition called for a motion to be passed in Queensland Parliament for all three levels of government to support a flood mitigation plan created by lobby group Friends of the Burrum River System Group.

Visit parliament.qld. gov.au to read the full petition.



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