I have no bloody faith in the flood study: resident

LACK OF FAITH: An angry Dalby resident has accused Western Downs Regional Council of failing the community with its handling of the town's flood study.
LACK OF FAITH: An angry Dalby resident has accused Western Downs Regional Council of failing the community with its handling of the town's flood study. Dalby Herald archive

A FUMING Dalby resident says they believe Western Downs Regional Council has "failed the community" with its handling of the embattled Draft 2013 Riverine Flood Study.

The Dalby Herald revealed on November 8 that the independent review panel appointed by the council did not have "sufficient confidence" in the peak discharge figures adopted in the report, despite its author, Water Technology, having already been paid around $400,000 to produce it.

While the council is adamant it still has confidence in the process, one Dalby resident said they viewed the panel's October 28 progress update report as "the writing on the wall".

The long-time resident, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity, approached the Dalby Herald after reading the report.

"Anyone who hasn't read the (progress update report) needs to get their hands on a copy," the resident said angrily.

"Council seems to think everything with it is peachy but what I believe it says is that we, the ratepayers of the Western Downs, have paid a ridiculous sum of money for this flood study company to produce something that isn't worth the paper it's written on at this stage.

"If I paid someone $400,000 to do a job for me, I'd expect it'd be done right.

"The only ones in the town who seem to think they've received value for money out of this bloody thing are the people elected to represent us.

"Council has failed the community."

Mayor Ray Brown told the Dalby Herald last week the council was cognisant of the fact the community wanted the flood study to be as accurate as possible.

"Council understands and acknowledges the community's concerns in relation the flood study and its implications on future development and mitigation strategies with our town," he said.

The resident said they no longer had faith in the council's ability to handle flood mitigation in Dalby.

"I know it's a poor choice of words, but the things the mayor and some of the councillors are saying just don't hold any water for me," the resident said.

"I have no faith in them and I have no bloody faith in the flood study."

Topics:  dalby draft 2013 riverine flood study dr bill weeks dr ian brodie flood flood mitigation flood modelling flood study local government professor james ball ray brown water technology wdrc western downs regional council

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