Future housing developments in Goomeri will be restricted after the Gympie Regional Council announced its new flood map last week. Photo: Max Fleet
Future housing developments in Goomeri will be restricted after the Gympie Regional Council announced its new flood map last week. Photo: Max Fleet

Restrictions put on housing

FUTURE housing developments in Goomeri will be restricted after the Gympie Regional Council announced a new flood policy.

GRC Water portfolio spokesman Councillor Larry Friske said the town's low-lying structure would make any future housing developments nearly impossible.

"It shouldn't really come as a surprise," he said.

"I don't think anyone would want to build a new housing estate anyway because the town is subjected to flooding."

However Cr Friske said there was still scope within the new flood map for commercial businesses or individuals to use land as a storage yard.

"They could easily adapt to the flooding however it is not suitable for new residential development," he said.

"The flood map will affect some of the shops on the Burnett Hwy but I think everyone in Goomeri is pretty well aware their shops are in a flood zone.

"There is a gully directly behind the main street which causes the service station and showgrounds to go under but, again, I don't believe that would be a surprise."

The comprehensive study, started under the previous Cooloola Council, outlines estimates of where floodwaters would spread if the Mary River peaked at 25.22m at Kidd Bridge.

It also predicts what will happen to properties near streams, creeks and gullies in rural residential developments and towns.

The last review of flood lines 12 years ago raised Gympie's one-in-100 line significantly, putting many new properties under water in a massive flood, but the lines in the maps adopted this month have barely changed within Gympie.

"The important thing to emphasise here is that these are just estimates," Cr Friske said. "It is very possible that in 100 years the flood could be much bigger than we have estimated.

"Our estimates are based on current figures but they could always change.

"A flood in 200 or 300 years could be a lot higher than we have planned for."

Cr Friske said there were no hard and fast rules to guarantee the one-in-100-year flood would not be bigger than current predictions.

The new flood lines are available digitally for public viewing at Gympie Regional Council's design department in the Old Post Office building at Duke St, Gympie.

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