Council and QR are still debating the full impact of the railway to the floods in Forest Hill.
Council and QR are still debating the full impact of the railway to the floods in Forest Hill.

Forest Hill levee decision stuck on the rails

FOREST Hill residents are no closer to a levee decision after the latest community meeting on Wednesday.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones told the meeting they were developing a picture of what action needed to be taken to prevent the town from flooding, including fixing the railway.

"The railway is a huge man-made dam that needs to be improved to get water under the line," Cr Jones said.

"I'm happy to make our flood modelling available to the railway."

Cr Jones said if they fixed the railway and the Department of Natural Resources agreed to creek clearing, a levee might not be required.

"We're not gung ho, 60% of the funding is for the ratepayer, there will be no levee until we know which way to go."

However, a Queensland Rail representative told the meeting that adjustments to the railway would not be enough by itself.

Regional network general manager Graham Brown admitted the railway needed to be involved in the solution as their assets suffered in the floods too.

"However, I don't believe we can solve the problem of Forest Hill by ourselves," Mr Brown said.

"We need to understand where all the floodwater goes - three culverts in Gordon St will not help you and it will not help me."

He said they would look at the flood model and advise back on the impact.

"We're not running away but we don't want to waste money," he said.

Council's acting manager of infrastructure planning, Quentin Underwood, told the meeting they had spent the last six weeks talking to people in the community.

During a visit to Laidley yesterday, Premier Campbell Newman said he saw a delegation from Forest Hill at the Toowoomba Community Cabinet on Sunday and went out to Forest Hill to see the site for himself yesterday.


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