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Petition calls for flood-fix funding in Berserker

SIGN UP: Berskerker resident and stable owner John Parker welcomes council’s plans to flood-proof the suburb after being inundated four times in recent years. INSET: Houses in streets off Lakes Creek Rd, surrounded by floodwater in 2011.
SIGN UP: Berskerker resident and stable owner John Parker welcomes council’s plans to flood-proof the suburb after being inundated four times in recent years. INSET: Houses in streets off Lakes Creek Rd, surrounded by floodwater in 2011. Chris Ison Rokcflood

FOUR times in the last seven years John Parker has had to wade through flood waters to get to his home.

John, who lives in Princess St off Lakes Creek Rd owning a number of horse stables, said the ongoing issue of flooding in the area had caused a lot of locals to pack up and move on.

"I've had to replace doors, and fences and bedding, it's just wasted, it's gone, and the flooring is dirt so it all had to be dug out," he said.

He and other residents in Berserker met with councillors Tony Williams and Rose Swadling yesterday to launch a petition to provide infrastructure that will prevent flooding.

"For the State Government to provide funding to fix this issue for our Berserker residents (see green area on map) and business operators, we need to demonstrate there is strong public support," Cr Williams said. The petition will be handed to the State Government for assistance to resolve the long-standing flood problems caused as a result of riverine flooding that pushes water up stormwater drains.

Council said the issue would be managed by the installation of flood valves and the placement of a temporary flood barrier along Ellis St.

The 2012 Council Satisfaction and Importance Survey showed that 55% of Berserker residents were dissatisfied with stormwater infrastructure in their area, with many residents mentioning problems with urban stormwater.

Cr Williams said Stage 1 of the proposed project would cost approximately $1 million and protect 400 properties from a one-in-100 year flood event.

"Council has allocated $100,000 to the project in addition to the funding allocated to the investigation works and we are seeking further funding from the State Government so we are able to go ahead with the project," Cr Williams said.

Based on residents' concerns and the flood events in recent years, council engaged hydrology experts, AECOM, to investigate options to stem the floodwater issues.

PETITION SIGN-ON

Options to sign the petition are online via the Queensland Parliament's website at parliament.qld.gov.au/ work-of-assembly/ petitions/e-petition or in person at Council Customer Service Centres in Rockhampton, Mount Morgan and Gracemere; Northside Plaza on the community noticeboard outside Woolworths or at Leanne's on Berserker, 31 Berserker St.

The petition will close at 5pm, September 10.

Topics:  berserker, flooding, flood mitigation, petition




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