Key date looms for land ballot

HUNDREDS of Lockyer Valley residents who were affected by the inland tsunami in January 10 attended a meeting at the Grantham Community Centre for more information about the land swap ballot on Wednesday.

The Grantham land ballot planned by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) has kicked off with key dates fast approaching in order to move residents to higher ground in the town.

LVRC has promised the high-and-dry ground on the estate will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The program, offered by LVRC and Queensland's Reconstruction Authority is aiming to have most residents in their new homes by Christmas.

Not only Grantham residents have this opportunity, but also those affected in Murphys Creek, Postmans Ridge and Withcott are able to be relocated under the scheme by swapping their block of land in the flood zone for a block located on a hill adjacent to the Grantham township.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said hundreds of residents have already expressed interest to participate in the offer but it must be democratic, which is why the ballot system had been adopted.

“This process has been completely driven by the community. They have determined this,” Cr Jones said.

Signed participation agreements must be returned by Friday, July 29. The ballot will be held on August 6 at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

Residents are encouraged to contact Urbis for more information on 1800 557 467.

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