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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Bundaberg to get 10-year flood action plan

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Bundaberg to get 10-year flood action plan

    An action plan for flood mitigation works in Bundaberg is on its way after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson announced the Bundaberg Flood Protection Scoping Study today.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the study would result in a 10-year action plan for major flood mitigation solutions in Bundaberg. 

    “This was a commitment that we made to the people of Bundaberg during the election campaign and Leanne has been instrumental in ensuring the voice of the community was heard on this matter,” she said. 

    “No one can forget those images of the toll flooding took on Bundaberg and we will work with the community to ensure local knowledge informs the plan. 

    “I urge the people of Bundaberg to come forward with their ideas for local solutions.” 

    Ms Trad said there would be extensive engagement with the council and the local community to identify proposed flood mitigation options that could then be tested and evaluated. 

    “Following the completion of the flood study, we will work closely with the local Council to evaluate the options and recommend a 10 year plan that may require funding from all levels of government,” Ms Trad said. 

    “The consultation will capture local knowledge about local floods and ensure the people of Bundaberg can actively contribute to the study.” 

    Ms Donaldson said the review would give the community appropriate input and ultimately increased confidence back to the people of Bundaberg. 

    “The Burnett River Communities Flood Prevention Organisation deserve wide acknowledgement for the role they played in advocating for this study,” she said. 

    “I’ve been proud to advocate on their behalf and I’m pleased to see this announcement today.” 

    In 2013 the floods from Ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald saw an estimated 7,000 people evacuated in the Bundaberg region with 2,400 properties destroyed or damaged. 

    The Bundaberg Flood Protection Scoping Study is due to be completed in July 2016. 

    Visit www.qld.gov.au/bundabergfloodstudy to learn more. 

    Media contact: 0428 098 437