Three tiers of government join forces to protect Noosa from floods

Noosa Shire will soon be safer from flooding, with the announcement today of major flood mitigation work in Tewantin and Pomona and more planned for Cooroy.

The three tiers of Government came together for the joint announcement this morning at Daintree Estate in Tewantin, one of the areas hardest hit by the deluge in February 2012.

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes and Noosa Mayor, Noel Playford joined forces for what they described as "a strong display of the three tiers of government working together to protect local communities".

Just over $1.5 million will go to flood mitigation in Pomona, increasing the capacity of drainage channels, diverting floodwaters to a nearby creek, constructing bunds and resuming some land. This will focus on low-lying areas, including Rifle Street. The Federal and State Government and Noosa Council will each contribute around $500,000.

In Tewantin's Daintree Estate, where more than 40 homes were flooded, nearly $1.3 million will be committed to improving drainage channels, building a bund and extra culverts and downstream drainage, as well as re-profiling of roads. Noosa Council and the Federal and State Governments are each contributing around $430,000 to the work.

The 2012 floods saw Cooroy record an all-time record deluge for the Sunshine Coast. In one hour alone, 181 millimetres was dumped on the town. Noosa Council coordinated with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, which has agreed to include flood mitigation work near Ashgrove Drive as part of improvements to the Bruce Highway. Residents will be given more details on this soon.

Federal Member, Warren Truss, said funding from the Federal and State Governments Natural Disaster Resilience Program will be used to support local projects to improve drainage to prevent flooding. β€œIt’s great to see all levels of government contributing to these practical projects that will mitigate flooding,” Mr Truss said.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes said some local families have been living permanently with the fear of the next flood. He said "We can't disaster-proof Noosa but we can help protect those who need it most."

Mayor Playford reserved special praise for Councillor Tony Wellington, who he said had worked tirelessly for local residents since the 2012 floods, from organizing community meetings to helping coordinate the combined response now underway.