Premier says Laidley levee may be 'few years away'
PREMIER Campbell Newman said a levee could be a "few years away" for Laidley during a visit to the town today.
"We need the council and the engineers to finish the work as well as have a proper dialogue with the community," Mr Newman said. "There are often unintended consequences and sometimes there are risks and winners and losers as well."
Mr Newman said these issues had to be signed off by the local council first.
"Once they been through that, we look forward to receiving a proposal for funding," he said.
The Premier was in Laidley to honour a commitment he made during a visit in February after the floods to return to the town. "This is a very strong and resilient community and I take my hat off to them for the trouble they have been through," Mr Newman said.
He visited Eagle Rock Café, Laidley Florists, Laidley Jewellers, the Blue Care op shop and Laidley Foodworks and discussed flood impacts with the owners, many of which had over a metre of water inside their stores.
Eagle Rock Cafe owner Gary Morris said he was looking forward to an early solution to a levee proposal in the town. "If the flood mitigation goes forward next year, it will do wonders for the outlook around here," Mr Morris said.
The Premier also took a delegation from Forest Hill during the weekend community cabinet to the railway line.
"I wanted to stop there this morning and have a look at that and I've done that," he said.