Wellington backs new Grantham floods inquiry
GRANTHAM residents want the Queensland Government to open a fresh inquiry into what caused an inland tsunami of water to hit the town in 2011.
They now have the support of Independent MP for Nicklin Peter Wellington who has reportedly written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on behalf of survivors who believe their views about the devastating event were ignored during the inquiry in 2012.
His support increases the likelihood a new inquiry will become a reality.
Mr Wellington reportedly said on Tuesday that many of the residents believed a nearby quarry could have diverted the water into the town.
His call has echoed similar calls by Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones.
Cr Jones has been vocal on the need for a new inquiry.
He said his council was made to be a scapegoat after the floods.
"I feel that right from day one there were many marks against council from the authorities and we did the very best we could."
Palmer United Senator for Queensland and Leader of Palmer United in the Senate, Glenn Lazarus has also backed calls for a new inquiry.
"I have been contacted by many people in the Toowoomba and Grantham region seeking a new inquiry into the Grantham flood," he said.
Wagners director Denis Wagner, who was in charge of the quarry when the flood hit, has said he would welcome any further investigation of the quarry's impact on the flood. The quarry has since been sold to Boral.