Community safety at the heart of Stage 2 Roma Flood Mitigation Project approval
Published Thursday, 05 January, 2017 at 03:39 PM
Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
The Honourable Jackie Trad
More properties in Roma will be better protected from flooding with approval granted for Stage 2 of the Roma Flood Mitigation Project.
Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad approved the development application following a comprehensive reassessment.
The Acting Premier called in the development application on 24 October following requests from Maranoa Regional Council.
“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 Maranoa Regional Council recognises that Stage 2 of the development will have a positive effect on the Roma community in minimising the repeated impact of flooding.
“This is a lifesaving measure and will mean the flood levee will protect around 30 additional properties from above floor flooding.”
Ms Trad said her department did a thorough and detailed reassessment of the application which included consultation with council and members of the community for further advice and comment before a final decision was made.
“This information included specialist reports and detailed design plans which helped inform the department’s reassessment and recommendations and subsequently my decision to proceed with the development. Department officers also met with affected residents,” Ms Trad said.
“It’s important that construction commences as soon as possible and the call in process has allowed for this to happen.”
Stage 1 has already been completed by council and this has reduced the above floor flood risk for about 490 properties.
Once implemented, Stage 2 will mean at least approximately 30 additional properties will be protected from above floor flooding in extreme events.
The approved development application has a number of conditions attached to ensure the levee is constructed, operated and maintained adequately, which include:
- the requirement for a disaster management response plan
- preparation of an operations and maintenance manual, including annual inspections both during and after flood events
- an erosion and sediment control plan, including regular inspections to ensure adequate measures are in place
- controls to minimise lighting and noise disruption to residents as well as restrictions on hours of construction
- a construction management plan focusing on minimising waste management, rectifying any damage to properties and mitigating nuisance to adjoining properties
- a measure to prevent materials for construction and maintenance being stockpiled on any property without prior consent to affected landholders.
The council is now required to negotiate with affected land owners to ensure appropriate access to land.
For more information about Ministerial call ins or to view the decision notice, visit http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/development-assessment/ministerial-call-in.html
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