Brisbane City Council established the Flood Response Review Board to review Council's response to the Brisbane flood in January 2011.
In May, the Flood Response Review Board handed down their report, Brisbane Flood January 2011 - Independent Review of Brisbane City Council’s Response, 9-22 January 2011.
The Report makes recommendations on amendments to Council plans, procedures, roles and responsibilities. It also provides advice for improvements for Council’s disaster management arrangements and its response to future events.
Council has developed a Flood Response Review Action Plan to address the 53 recommendations.
The Action Plan details how Council will implement improvements to disaster management arrangements and the time frames for completion. The purpose of this work is to ensure that Council and the city of Brisbane are better prepared for natural disasters in the future.
For our local area there are two issues of significance. Both of which in my view require further consideration.
1. Flood valves on storm water drains - these valves were only proposed for the CBD area not in suburban areas. I believe that further investigation should be undertaken in Tennyson Ward to determine their suitability for use.
2. Brisbane Markets flood levy - the Report recommends investigation of a flood levy around the markets site on Sherwood Road, Rocklea. I have serious concerns that this measure may in fact worsen future flooding impacts on surrounding residential areas.
3. No change to Oxley Creek mouth - the Report did not include any recommendations about realignment, a barr/groin at the mouth of the river or dredging.
I welcome any feedback you may have on Council's plans. Please email me at email@example.com
FLOOD PARK REPAIRS
Repairs to flood affected parks are currently underway. While Council was aiming to have most parks reopened by the end of June, they advise the revised date for most parks is now 30 September 2011.
Work includes replacing play equipment, turning, softfall, BBQs, footpaths, pontoons, mulching, tree removal and replacement and other minor repairs.
The good news is the children’s playground and picnic facilities at the popular Sherwood Arboretum have now reopened.
Work on Simpson’s ‘Boat Park’ at Graceville is due to be completed by 30 November. This involves replacing and extending softfall, turf and moving the play equipment located towards the seas scouts closer to the boat playground.
For a full a full list of local flood repairs works in Tennyson Ward parks please click here.
COUNCIL DECLARES TAYLOR BRIDGE RESERVE DEFUNCT
In a blow to local families, BCC has advised that it does not plan to fully reinstate the Taylor Bridge Reserve park and playground underneath the Walter Taylor Bridge at Chelmer.
Council’s proposed plan does not include replacement of the pontoon, children’s playground, picnic seating or BBQ facilities. The new plan is noted above or can be viewed at my website here.
“ I have advised Council that I do not support their plans to cut community facilities from this park. The feedback that I have from Chelmer residents is that the park and playground is a popular picnic spot, venue for children’s parties and with many backyard pontoons damaged, the only local spot to launch canoes and kayaks,” Cr Johnston said.
“I have developed a petition calling on Council to fully reinstate this popular local recreation green space that I hope you will consider supporting.”
You can download the petition from my website here. If you support reinstatement of this Chelmer Park please sign the petition (feel free to ask your neighbours as well) and return it to my office by email Tennyson.firstname.lastname@example.org or post to 180 Fairfield Road Fairfield Qld 4103.
GIRAWEEN PARK UPDATE
Playground construction will commence at Giraween Park, Graceville in August.
The new shaded playground will consist of:
- A fort with slide
- Spring Toys
- Picnic shelter with water bubbler
- Seating and bins
- Shade sail
"It has been a fight to secure this funding, and I am pleased to say that the strong support of Graceville families to improve this facility has now come to fruition," Cr Johnston said.