Noosa floodzone to be fixed without cost to residents
ONE of Noosa Shire's most dangerous flood zones is set to be fixed - and it won't cost ratepayers a cent.
Cooroy's Ashgrove Dr was one of the worst-affected areas during last year's deluge but flood mitigation works will be carried out by the Department of Transport and Main Roads after an approach by Noosa Council.
"We were aware that the most serious flooding was in Ashgrove Dr - that event was as a result of over-topping of the Bruce Hwy," Cr Tony Wellington said.
"The highway is going to be upgraded so Noosa Council, not Sunshine Coast Council, went to DTMR and said 'look, we need to work with you guys on this, because obviously whatever you do to the Bruce Hwy is going to impact on flood mitigation works'."
The DTMR had "absolutely come to the party".
"They've done their own flood mapping which has been compared with our council flood mapping and mitigation works are being designed as we speak," he said.
"And DTMR said they are happy to include them in their Bruce Hwy upgrade.
"In other words, there will be nil cost to council which is pretty remarkable."
Cr Wellington said Ashgrove Dr was the priority because that was where there was a real danger lives could be at risk.
Mayor Noel Playford told a Cooroy public meeting council was looking to three main areas for its flood studies.
"One's in Pomona, one's in Cooroy and the other's at Daintree Estate, Tewantin," he said.
"There is a significant amount of money in the works program and we have applied for State Government money, because they've got a chunk of money state-wide to help address issues like these."
While councils across the state had applied for six times the funding available, the State Government would "obviously" try to make sure that everybody got some.