Council moves to Stage 2 of Flood Mitigation Project
FLOOD protection in Roma just got a whole lot better, with the next stage of the Flood Mitigation Project expected to reduce the number of at-risk properties.
With the construction of the Stage 1 Levee completed in 2013, Maranoa Regional Council has moved to Stage 2A of the project, which includes the development of a Western Levee and the Eastern Diversion Drain.
The next stage of the project is expected to reduce the number of at-risk properties to 50 homes.
Improvements to the Long Drain, Railway Dam and Shady’s Lagoon system, including the widening of the waterway and inclusion of a storage basin, is expected to be part of the new construction phase for the Stage 2B project, still in the early concept design phase.
The project has been estimated to cost a total of $8.32 million, with funding committed from all tiers of government.
Up to $4.98 million was secured through the Commonwealth National Insurance Affordability Initiative, while the State Government committed $3.09 million through the Building Our Regions fund. Maranoa Regional Council committed $250,000 to the project.
GHD Senior Engineer John Postlethwaite said the program was based on consultation with both Maranoa Regional Council and community feedback.
“We specifically looked at properties around Northern Rd, Miscamble, McDowall and Bowen Sts,” Mr Postlethwaite said.
“The new stage will allow for a significant reduction to flood depth in areas across town, especially along Bungil and Miscamble.”
Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers said the next stage was a worthwhile investment to reduce flood-risk properties in the community.
“The options discussed all came from the community; we looked at all options and decided on the best alternative to come up with the best way forward,” Cr Chambers said.
“Hopefully the community received the project well.”