No funds for Cherwell River channel but flood study open

A SAFETY channel won't be constructed in the Cherwell River to ensure Burrum Heads and Pacific Haven are better protected from flood.

Division 5 councillor Rolf Light requested council look into a safety channel in the Cherwell River.

Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond provided a study by the Burnett Mary Regional Group on the same proposal.

That study reported that the 2013 flood affected 50 homes and 100 properties in Burrum Heads and Pacific Haven.

The CEO told Cr Light the cost of a channel could be anything between $9.3 million and $11.2 million.

Her report said the project was "beyond council resourcing" and claimed it didn't justify additional money being spent on it.

However, she said council was willing to spend $88,000 on a study and model of previous floods of the Burrum and Cherwell systems.

It's expected this study would determine what level new buildings should be constructed at and would further help council and residents with preparing for future flood disasters.

An application to pay for the project will be lodged though the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.



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