Ratepayers ask why no permanent levee in Queens Park

THE Maryborough Citizens and Ratepayers Association is questioning why a permanent levee in Queens Park has not been included in an application for state government flood funding.

Fraser Coast Council voted at its last meeting to approve an application for funding of a $19 million upgrade to the Granville Bridge approaches and a $6 million mitigation project in the Maryborough CBD.

MRA spokesman Mike Grounds said only a plan for a soil levee was presented to the councillors and an alternate plan for a concrete levee in Queens Park was not presented.

The association has called on the council to answer why the concrete levy was not included in a council's report, and why neither levee option will be included in the application.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said Granville was a priority because of how often it was isolated.

"There's no bottomless pit of money," he said.

"It was a case of setting up priorities."

The council will contribute $3 million to the Granville project and 20% of the cost of raising Adelaide St if the applications are successful.

The second project includes a new flood barrier system for Adelaide St.

Successful applications are expected to be announced in June.