Master Plan Officially Released
Thursday was an historic day for the Lockyer Valley, when the community learnt that Grantham would be rebuilt to prevent it from becoming a ghost town.
The deal between Lockyer Valley Regional Council and the community will give flood-devastated residents from areas of “horrendous loss” like Grantham, Murphys Creek, Postmans Ridge, Withcott and Helidon the option to move to higher ground as part of a voluntary land-swap.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said the masterplan’s unveiling was money well-spent.
“Very soon after the disaster, it became evident that we need to be smart about the way we repair Grantham,” he said.
“As a result, we had a series of consultation meetings with the public that lived here in Grantham and we asked them how they would like to move forward.
“Obviously there are a lot of issues involved but this is the one opportunity we have to correct any problems.”
Cr Jones said the project is an exciting first for Australia.
“It is a big move forward for a relatively small council and it will be driven by the community as to who gets what block and will be drawn by an independent ballot process,” he said.
Cr Jones said LVRC has decided to offer the option for those Grantham residents who want to move to higher ground.
We have had an ongoing process for many weeks of discussions with landholders on a one-on-one type basis.
Cr Jones said it is vital the creeks are cleaned out but to do the job properly it is very costly.
“It is a very important issue and we need the right machinery, but the issue is the finance and the ratepayers won’t be able to afford it.
“The State Government needs to help, it is their responsibility.”