YOUR SAY: Calls to explain building in flood-risk areas

WHILE Tony Lake's letter does make sense, the problem with Local Government assessments is that there is also a flipside to the story.

Had the Mayor voted against the Bradley St development then we might have a better idea of what the State Government laws allow councils to do.

The simple flood risk assessment process doesn't really wash, especially if one considers what happened along the length of East and West Creek in the 2011 flood event.

At present, while there has been work right along both creeks, there is no guarantee that the coffee shop in Margaret St would not be inundated with flood water again.

We have the same problem in Brisbane right along the Brisbane River and the smaller creeks that track into the Brisbane suburbs.

To implement Mr Lake's ideal to keep development and identified flood risk areas well apart would lead to millions of dollars of legal beagle double talk.

Perhaps Kerry Shine, the Labor candidate for Toowoomba North, could explain why new developments near flood risk areas will always go ahead. He was part of legislative process.

JOHN FRIEND, Toowoomba
 



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