Weather bureau to use repaired Churchill St auto flood gauge
THE Bureau of Meteorology will use the Churchill St automatic flood gauge now the council has chosen to repair it.
BoM regional hydraulic manager Chris MacGeorge said the bureau had believed moving the automatic facilities to the main Maryborough station upstream was the best economic decision.
But he said now the council had used funds given to it to install automatic sites in the Mary River system, BoM was committed to maintaining it until it next became faulty.
"The fact they've done that, we will continue to support and maintain their site until it falls over again or becomes uneconomic, then we will go back and talk about upgrading the one upstream," Mr MacGeorge said.
He said there were some occupational, health and safety issues BoM was concerned with which deterred it from upgrading the station, but he said he supported the council decision to upgrade it.
He said the main Maryborough station upstream had been in use for more than 100 years and was therefore of the most value.