Grantham Flood Inquiry website up and running
THE promised website for the Grantham Inquiry is now up and running, and is seeking public submissions.
The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Walter Sofronoff QC, is calling for information or material relevant to its terms of reference, which mostly relate to the possible role of the Grantham quarry in the flood.
Written submissions will be accepted via the website up to 5pm Friday July 3, 2015.
The Commission is also hold public hearings and anyone wanting to appear or be legally represented at hearings need to get their applications in by 5pm on Wednesday May 27.
The Commission is required to make "full and careful inquiry into the flooding of the Lockyer Creek between Helidon and Grantham on 10 January 2011, with specific reference to any natural or man-made features of the landscape which could have altered or contributed to the flooding as outlined in the Terms of Reference."
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said he believed these terms permits the inquiry to investigate the possible role of the railway in causing the flood.
"I believe the terms of reference will allow the commission to investigate the issues properly including the impact the rail line had in this disaster," Cr Jones said.
"Above all else, I am glad we will be able to get to the bottom of this matter once and for all so we can, as a community, all move on."
The Commission must provide a written report with recommendations to the Premier by August 31.
Commissioner Sofronoff, who served as Queensland's Solicitor-General from 2005-2014, will be assisted by fellow lawyer Michael Hodge.
To submit information, use this page on their website.
The five terms of reference are:
1. the flooding of the Lockyer Creek between Helidon and Grantham on January 10, 2011, with specific reference to any natural or man-made features of the landscape which could have altered or contributed to the flooding;
2. whether the existence or breach of the Grantham quarry caused or contributed to the flooding of Grantham;
3. whether the existence or breach of the Grantham quarry had a material impact on the damage caused by the flooding at Grantham;
4 whether the breach of the Grantham quarry had implications for evacuation of Grantham;
5 how these matters were first investigated and how eyewitness accounts were dealt with, particularly by State Government agencies and Emergency Services.