Flood class action lawsuit "is no cash grab"
HUNDREDS of Ipswich flood victims signed up for the class action against the Queensland Government at a meeting on Monday night.
Flood class action litigators Maurice Blackburn Lawyers updated residents on the $1 billion class action, while victims called for justice to be done.
Bentham IMF, the litigation funders, has announced that they are unconditionally funding the case.
Robert Peschke and his wife lost their two-storey house at Moores Pocket in the 2011 floods. He was not insured and was out of pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"I hope for some justice out of this (class action) because I believe what happened was man-made and that the dam was incorrectly run," he said.
"People should be held accountable."
Maurice Blackburn principal Damian Scattini said flood victims had until February 28, 2014, to register for the class action.
Mr Scattini rubbished claims by Premier Campbell Newman that the class action was a cash grab by lawyers.
"There is no cash grab and the fact is that there is absolutely nothing on offer from the State Government," he said.
"The people here need someone on their side ... and we are those people. With the litigation funding in place, there is no prospect of anyone being out of pocket as a result of this. So they are covered."
In a statement Seqwater said, "the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry in no way concluded there was any negligence in its management of the January 2011 flood event".
"The independent expert retained by the commission concluded that, in light of the information available at the time and the requirements of the Wivenhoe manual, the flood engineers achieved close to the best possible flood mitigation result for the January event," the statement said.
"Furthermore, four other highly respected independent experts who appeared at the Commission supported Seqwater's view that releases actually made by the flood engineers were appropriate and reasonable.
"An independent review of Seqwater's report into the January 2011 flood by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also strongly supported the decisions made and actions undertaken by Seqwater."
But Mr Scattini said Seqwater's claims were incorrect
"The flood commission of inquiry found that the engineers didn't follow the manual," he said.
"If they think that they can go to court and persuade them that is a good defence ... then good luck to them.
"But they are well behind the loop as usual. We are not reliving the flood commission of inquiry. The inquiry only looked at the period from the 6th of January forward.
"We are looking at the event of the flood period and that goes back to December."
Seqwater said it remained "confident that its position will be justified if the matter ever comes before a court".