RECORD LEVELS: The Melbourne Hotel under water during the 2013 floods in Bundaberg.
RECORD LEVELS: The Melbourne Hotel under water during the 2013 floods in Bundaberg. Mike Knott BUN300113LRC4

Dams on Bundaberg’s flood mitigation agenda

SEVEN options, including a new dam on the Burnett River, are now being investigated to mitigate flooding in Bundaberg.

The seven options in the recently released Bundaberg Flood Protection Study include: levees at North Bundaberg and East Bundaberg; the removal of downstream levees at Fairymead; a North Bundaberg floodway; removal of Harriet Island and widening of Millaquin Bend; North Bundaberg evacuation route improvements; dam or dams in upper Burnett River catchment; and a voluntary house purchase/land swap.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson welcomed the release of Stage 1 of the Bundaberg Flood Protection Study.

She said Stage 1 of the study had identified the flood mitigation options and Stage 2 would evaluate options and inform the development of a draft 10-year action plan to better protect Bundaberg homes and businesses through flooding events.

“I know first-hand that the people of Bundaberg are resilient by nature,” Ms Donaldson said.

“This study, and the 10-year action plan, is about making sure that our homes and businesses are just as resilient.

“The Bundaberg Flood Protection Study is a vital component of the Queensland Government’s commitment to developing a 10-year action plan for major flood mitigation works in the Bundaberg region.”

Findings from Stage 1 of the study are now available online.

Ms Donaldson said there would be a number of consultation activities scheduled over the coming months to provide the community with ongoing opportunities to provide input into the study.

“I am urging the community to get involved and share their feedback in the next round of community consultation through focus groups and information sessions,” Ms Donaldson said.

“It’s important that the people who are directly affected by flooding are involved in the discussion about the best options available to protect them.”

To read the Bundaberg Flood Protection Scoping Study Stage 1 report visit: