NO STOPPING THIS: The 2013 flooding in Woolooga was estimated to be a one-in-100-year event.
NO STOPPING THIS: The 2013 flooding in Woolooga was estimated to be a one-in-100-year event.

Council: Nothing we can do about future disasters

SEVERE flooding last struck Goomeri and Woolooga in 2013, and according to a report commissioned by Gympie Regional Council, no "practical, cost effective" measures can curb the destruction of future disasters.

The Goomeri and Woolooga Flood Mitigation Study, completed by engineering firm Aurecon, was tabled at Wednesday's ordinary meeting.

A council staff member said there was "no solution for Woolooga or Goomeri that is viable in relation to cost benefit".

The report found flood warning systems for either town would not sound the alarm early enough to be practical.

Removing a rail embankment in Goomeri would have no effect on floods, while a levee for Nanhur Creek was not considered economically viable, with high costs, land resumptions and high operation costs.

In Woolooga, excavating a local gully outlet would have no effect on flooding, while costly flood gates at the rail embankment would only stop flooding from the Wide Bay Creek.

A detention basin in the gully upstream of the township would have limited effects on flooding, would impact private land and bring very high construction and ongoing costs.

The study was based on flood modelling studies commissioned by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in 2014.

The council commissioned the report after the 2013 Gympie Regional Flood Mitigation Study by the same company recommended council further investigate possibilities for flood mitigation in Woolooga and Goomeri.

Council staff recommended no further action be taken as the council had fulfilled its obligations to the 2013 study.

Councillors voted unanimously with no discussion following the recommendation.

Gympie Times

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