TALK TIME: Residents of Laidley and surrounding areas will have the chance to hear what is being planned to help prevent future floods.
TALK TIME: Residents of Laidley and surrounding areas will have the chance to hear what is being planned to help prevent future floods. Gary Worrall

Meeting to discuss Laidley flood fixes

RESIDENTS of Laidley and surrounding areas are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday March 20 to hear the latest information on proposed solutions to Laidley's flood issues.

The meeting, organised by The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star, will include Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones and Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss.

Also speaking at the meeting will be flood experts from LVRC's consulting engineers Sinclair Knight Mertz, who will provide information about water flows in and around Laidley.

Residents will also get the latest information on future plans, including proposed flood levees, with location, cost and construction timeframes.

Cr Jones will also update residents on the proposal, first reported in The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star, to relocate flood-prone businesses and residences to nearby flood-free land.

Residents also will be invited to question presenters on details of the proposals to ensure all impacted parties understand the implications of the different plans.

It should be noted that no decisions will be made at the meeting.

It is an opportunity for residents to be updated on what the plans in place will mean for people who live and work in the area, and the timeframes for them to be implemented.

"Last week Council CEO Ian Flint and I were in high level talks with the State Government looking at a number of different flood mitigation options for the region," Cr Jones said.

"Flood mitigation is a very important and expensive exercise, and as a council, we need to get the decision right, which is why we thoroughly examined every available option."

Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star editor Gary Worrall said the meeting was significant as it gave residents the chance to hear first hand what could be done.

"I urge all residents of Laidley and nearby areas to join us to hear what can be done," Mr Worrall said.


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