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Premier Palaszczuk will consider new Grantham flood inquiry

Premier Palaszczuk says she will consider a new Inquiry into the cause of the Grantham flood which killed 12 people in 2011.
Premier Palaszczuk says she will consider a new Inquiry into the cause of the Grantham flood which killed 12 people in 2011.

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has said her government is giving "very serious consideration" about pursuing a new inquiry in the 2011 Lockyer Valley floods where 12 people died in the Grantham area.

Speaking to Alan Jones this morning, Ms Palaszczuk said she had asked for independent legal advice.

"I believe those families need some closure," Ms Palaszczuk said. "What they went through was horrific."

Mr Jones blamed the Grantham flood on a quarry near Grantham which he said became a "bathtub".

"When the weight of the water collapsed the embankment 12 people died," Mr Jones said.

The Flood Commission of Inquiry did mention Wagner's quarry west of Grantham but said it was "unlikely to have had a significant influence on the downstream flow of water into Grantham".

It blamed the extremely heavy rainfall, the lack of alarm-activated gauges in local creeks and a lack of detail in council evacuation plans.

The Australian newspaper published an independent report in March that contradicted the Flood Inquiry findings but the LNP Government ruled out another inquiry into the matter, prior to the election.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones, who has also been calling for an Inquiry, welcomed the Premier's statements this morning.

"I welcome the comments from the Premier that she is giving this strong consideration and look forward to working with her Government to put all the facts on the table so the people of that district can get some sense of closure around the events of January 10, 2011," Mayor Jones said.

Wagners has said it would cooperate with any new flood inquiry.

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