Andrew Duggan, John Horrex, and Stan Aliprandi are some of the concerned business owners and residents proposing that a flood levy be built to protect the CBD from floods under 11m.
Andrew Duggan, John Horrex, and Stan Aliprandi are some of the concerned business owners and residents proposing that a flood levy be built to protect the CBD from floods under 11m. Valerie Horton

Group lobbies for levee to flood-proof Maryborough CBD

A GROUP of Maryborough business owners wants funds put aside in the next council budget for a study of how to flood-proof the CBD.

Consecutive years of inundation prompted the group, which has branded itself Flood-Proof the Mary Heart, to deliver its request.

One of its members, former Tiaro Mayor John Horrex, has held board positions with the New South Wales Flood Mitigation Authority and the Hawkesbury Catchment Authority.

He said a location near the Maryborough Yacht Club had been identified for a levee and the group wanted it investigated further.

"The reality is that there's been 25 floods in the last 130 years and two were high-level," Mr Horrex said.

"When you consider that if a wall was running across from the high point to the high point on the side of the Maryborough Rowers Club, this would substantially flood-proof the Maryborough CBD."

Mr Horrex said the Flood-Proof the Mary Heart group wanted the funds allocated so initial planning could be completed and then submissions made to Federal and State Governments for financial support.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council had included a plan to build a levee in the same region of Queens Park as part of its submissions to the Betterment Program.

"I can understand that the topic has resurfaced in light of the floods of the past three years," Cr O'Connell said.

"While council is talking to businesses in Maryborough about their ideas to flood-proof the CBD we have our eyes firmly on the costs of any proposals and what ratepayers can afford," Cr O'Connell said.

"Probably the only way to do such works is if they were funded by State or Federal Government grants."