Mayor backs call for royal commission into Grantham floods
LOCKYER Valley Mayor Steve Jones has backed a call for a royal commission into the flooding of Grantham in 2011 and its aftermath.
Independent Gaven MP Alex Douglas called for a royal commission "into all matters regarding what happened in Grantham before, during and after this so-called flood event" in state parliament on Tuesday.
Mr Douglas said there had been a "cover-up" in the subsequent inquiries into the flood that saw 12 lives lost in the Lockyer and millions of dollars worth of damage done.
The MP said in a statement on his website that critical eye-witnesses were refused the right to give specific testimony, which would have clarified what caused the flood and why it caused so much damage.
"It is not unreasonable to say this appears to be a cover-up," Mr Douglas said.
The MP called for the investigation to result in charges being sent to the Department of Public Prosecutions.
"We need to delve deeply into discovering what went wrong in Grantham," Mr Douglas said.
"We must identify what and whom were at fault.
"It should clarify what steps have to be taken, including taking full evidence from witnesses to verify what has occurred. It should then detail a path for prosecutions for those who were responsible."
Cr Jones said his council "had asked the government for an investigation, and we got a response saying they wouldn't".
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"The flood inquiry looked at some matters in detail, but the people feel that there were a number of areas that haven't been looked at," he said.
"I feel as though the government approached the flood inquiry looking for a scapegoat, and that scapegoat was me and the council."
The investigation council sought included determining "whether the railway line had any impact on tunnelling water into the town".
"The railway is like a big levee bank and is one of the things council was concerned about," Cr Jones said.
"We were concerned by statements made by residents about their concerns at the way police handled things after the flood."
Cr Jones said council was "continually bombarded" by residents about the impact of Grantham's quarry on the flood.
"We asked the State Government for an investigation into the flow of water between Grantham and Helidon and whether there was any effect during the flood and the way it was handled after the flood," he said.
Cr Jones said that in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry there was "half a page on the quarry, I don't think it dealt with the railway at all…and the police matters have never been addressed".
Cr Jones said council would "support any investigation into those matters".