Flood-Proof the Mary heart group member John Horrex and concerned business owners and residents are proposing a flood levy be built to protect the CBD from floods under 11m. The levy would be built between Queens Park and the Brolga Theatre.
Flood-Proof the Mary heart group member John Horrex and concerned business owners and residents are proposing a flood levy be built to protect the CBD from floods under 11m. The levy would be built between Queens Park and the Brolga Theatre. Valerie Horton

Levee in M'boro's Queens Park deserves deliberation

EDITORIAL: I Eexpect the Flood-Proof the Mary Heart group will get their share of criticism about the proposal to put a levee in Queens Park.

The idea was raised by Wayne Bandholz when he ran for council in Division 3 a year ago, and a number of people scoffed at the suggestion.

But it is an idea worth investigating.

Every time the CBD floods, it sets us back by tens of millions of dollars, if not much more.

Repairs to the Aquatic Centre alone have cost close to $1 million and the costs incurred by private business must be astronomical - Maryborough Woolworths alone is doing a $5 million re-fit.

A permanent, gated levee that allowed access to the rail lines would not be a cheap venture, but the long-term benefits would pay off.

Queens Park would retain most of its river views, which are predominantly from the raised Band Hall area anyway, and the CBD would be protected from the worst of the Mary River's excesses.

I'm sure people were against Grafton's levee when it was built in the 1960s, but you don't see the people of New South Wales complaining about it now.

The council has already committed to examining the idea, and should be commended putting it forward as a suggestion for Flood Betterment funding.

If the State Government comes forward with funding to fully scope out the proposal, then it will deserve a pat on the back too.

Even if it turns out not to be the perfect solution, it is clear that Maryborough's CBD does need protecting, and we need to examine all options.