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Caravan park flood-proofing and repairs cost $250,000

Owner of the Wallace Motel and Caravan Park John Kennedy says he has put some plans into action in readiness for when the Mary River floods again.
Owner of the Wallace Motel and Caravan Park John Kennedy says he has put some plans into action in readiness for when the Mary River floods again. Robyne Cuerel

THE caravan park owner who lost eight cabins to the raging Mary River earlier this year says he has spent a quarter of a million dollars fixing up and flood-proofing his property.

John Kennedy said the Wallace Caravan Park on Ferry St should not lose any more buildings in the case of another major flood.

He said he had done extensive earthworks to raise the height of part of the park and made engineering improvements to some of the smaller demountable buildings.

"The heavier cabins are seven or eight tonnes - they're not engineered to be moved around often," he said.

"These ones will go up onto higher ground."

He said the rest would be able to be towed out at short notice.

At 10.7m the January flood was the biggest since 1974 and just below the 1955 floods which peaked at 12.3m.

"I don't think you can ever guarantee no flood damage, but you get better and better (at flood-proofing) with each flood," Mr Kennedy said.

His business was also severely inundated in the 2011 floods and he raised concerns at the time about the level of communication throughout the disaster.

At the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry in 2012, he described the devastation caused to his business and said he did not receive any warnings or advice about evacuation.

Demountable units floating down the Mary River in January, 2013.
Demountable units floating down the Mary River in January, 2013. Robyne Cuerel

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