FLOOD PROTECTION: Maranoa Regional Council's flood mitigation projection will progress to stage two.
FLOOD PROTECTION: Maranoa Regional Council's flood mitigation projection will progress to stage two. Contributed

Roma flood protection gets the green light

COMMUNITY safety is "at the heart” of Roma's flood mitigation project.

This is the message from Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad, who today announced Maranoa Regional Council's stage two flood mitigation project had been approved.

"In the end, community safety was at the centre of the final decision, with paramount importance placed on the protection of lives,” Ms Trad said.

The comments came after an appeal against the project was lodged by Roma resident, Molly Stevens.

Mrs Stevens opposed the project because the flood levee would split her property in two, disrupting her life in Roma.

"The proposed construction will have a profoundly negative and irreplaceable impact upon my community life in Roma and in South-West Queensland,” Mrs Stevens said in her appeal, which she made on June 10, 2016.

"It is only in recent weeks that I have been able to acquire sufficient information to understand that the impact severity, if this construction proposal proceeds, would mean that I will be deprived of my current community life and future aspirations as my lifestyle amenity would be destroyed.”

Mrs Stevens' appeal was mooted by the Queensland Government after Maranoa Regional Council's chief executive, Julie Reitano, lodged a request to Ms Trad's office to "call-in” the development of the project.

"This is a lifesaving measure and will mean the flood levee will protect around 30 additional properties from above floor flooding,” Ms Trad said.

"The Maranoa Regional Council recognises that Stage Two of the development will have a positive effect on the Roma community in minimising the repeated impact of flooding,” said Ms Trad.

Maranoa Regional Council Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers, Portfolio Chair for Flood Mitigation said the announcement was a fantastic result for the community.

"The safety and wellbeing of our residents is paramount, especially when it comes to extreme weather events and the decision brings the ability to further protect those additional properties not safeguarded by Stage One,” Cr Chambers said.

Cr Chambers thanked Ms Trad for her thorough assessment of Council's application, which she said included consultation with Council and members of the community.

Stage Two of the project follows on from the completed Stage One, which reduced the above floor flood risk for around 490 properties in Roma, a statement from Maranoa Regional Council said.

Stage Two will see more than 50 additional houses protected.


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