Waterways fixed via Govt funding

BRISBANE Valley waterways are set for a clean up with two major projects to remove flood debris from Ferny Gully and the Brisbane in Fernvale set to begin in coming weeks.

Somerset Regional Council natural resource management officer Trevor Page made the funding applications to the state government and was advised last week $155,000 had been approved for the two projects.

The projects will concentrate on removing man made items washed into the waterways during the January floods.

Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann said the survey of the Brisbane River had turned up some interesting items that will be a challenge to remove, including a prime mover, a small truck hanging in trees and a fuel tank wedged high in a gum tree.

"It was vital we get extra funding to continue the removal of flood debris that had already begun along the Lockyer Creek," Cr Lehmann said.

"Creek and river banks are a state government, not a council, responsibility but thanks to this funding we'll be able to get in there and do the job.

"I'm sick of the sight of flood debris littered along Ferny Gully and the Brisbane River and I'm sure everyone else is too."

Cr Lehmann said letters had gone out to all landholders along these watercourses seeking permission to enter properties.

"It's essential for landholders to return these forms promptly so we can get stuck into the removal of flood debris," he said.

"This is our only opportunity to clean out these waterways and it's important we get out as much as possible in one hit.

"If you know of large debris items that may not be seen from the river, please make sure you let us know by filling in the form and returning it to council."

Cr Lehmann thanked Councillor Robin Caddy for his role in identifying the funding source from DERM, which will be delivered through SEQ Catchments to council.


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