2011 Maryborough Qld floods: Survivors recall the fast-moving/rising waters

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Police and SES stand watch over a motorist who’s vehicle stalled in flood waters on Kent Street, Maryborough Qld

THE mud may have washed away, but the scars remain in the hearts of Maryborough residents.

This time six years ago, more than 20 Maryborough businesses were filled with muddy water, and people were stranded in their homes.

The date was January 11, 2011, and Maryborough was experiencing its worst flood since the 1990s.

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John Perrins boat washing down the Mary River. Photo: Nat Bromhead / Fraser Coast ChronicleNat Bromhead

Over the next two days, 26 businesses were inundated, with losses totalling $4.5 million with a further $12 million in damages to Fraser Coast Regional Council infrastructure.

Melissa White from Earles Paint Place in Adelaide St said she remembered how quickly her team had to work to move the entire store’s paint supply to higher ground, in a race against rapidly rising waters.

“It was a quick one too as I remember, there wasn’t a lot of warning and I wasn’t able to get in again [after the floor was cleared], I remember I wasn’t able to get into the shop because it was so quick, I was stuck at home,” Ms White said.

“We pulled all the stock up and had it all ready and then we had to pull it all down after that.”

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“It was worrying yes, it was just lapping the top steps, but it came into the bottom of the store and underneath,” she said.

“We used to have the bottle shop in underneath the back of the shop in 2011, so the bottle shop then was [flooded], it got quite damaged and we had to redo some panels, but we knew it was going to happen, we know we’re in a flood area.”

Ms White said owning a store in a flood-prone area meant inundation was something they always prepared for around this time of year.

“We prepare for it every year anyway but it’s always devastating when it comes through,” she said.

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A SES boat bring Granville residents to Maryborough. 

By the second day of the floods, The Pocket in Maryborough was also isolated.

Kevin Cordy has been living in The Pocket for 70 years, and has seen his fair share of Maryborough floods.

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Woolworths in Maryboroughwoolworths-in-maryborough-flooded-image-www-frasercoastcentral-com-au in Woolworths in Maryborough flood.

“We had no warning, it came up very quick,” Mr Cordy said.

“On the Friday, January 7 at 6pm, the water was just over the bank a little bit, but by 1am that night it had come up very quick, it came up very close.

“Normally floods come from Gympie and we have two or three days notice, this time it came up very fast, in six hours, and from a lot closer.”

It was around midnight that Mr Cordy heard a knock at his front door; it was his neighbour desperately asking for help to bring in his cattle.

But it was too late.

“I was able to get all of my cattle up in time, but my neighbour actually lost some,” he said.

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John Perrins boat washing down the Mary River.

“Some they found, some they found dead, they’ve got room to put them up, but they couldn’t get to that paddock before the water got there first.”

Mr Cordy and other residents in The Pocket were stranded for three days until the water levels fell below the road.

“I’m on a hill, the water comes up and surrounds us, but it’s something we’re always prepared for,” he said.

“I live on a farm and the wife has enough food in our pantry for about for six years, so there was no issue there.

“We just had to sit there and wait for the water to clear.”

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The Criterion Hotel, Maryborough looking down Wharf St.in flood

It would be two years later when Maryborough would be hit by a more devastating flood on Australia Day, with water levels reaching more than 10 metres.

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MARYBOROUGH QLD CITY CBD FLOOD MAP-1

More than 60 CBD businesses were hit and $15m in damage caused to council infrastructure.

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MARYBOROUGH QLD CITY CBD FLOOD MAP-2

The council is now working on a multi-million dollar flood levy in the Maryborough CBD to prevent serious future damage, but that will not protect every business or home in the CBD.

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DRAFT PLANNING SCHEME FOR THE FRASER COAST IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR YOUR COMMENTS & VIEWING

LODGE YOUR VIEWPOINT NOW ON THE PROPOSED NEW PLANNING SCHEME FOR THE FRASER COAST

The draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme is now open for public comment.

Submissions close at 4.45pm on Friday, 12 April 2013.

The draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme will affect what you can do with your land, what your neighbour can do and what can happen in your street and neighbourhood. The new planning scheme will help Council to manage land use and development across the region in a sustainable way. It will help to plan for future growth while still ensuring that the Fraser Coast is a great place to live, work and play.

Council wants everyone to have their say on the draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies, so the Fraser Coast can develop in a way that is consistent with the community’s vision. Public consultation will run from 18 February 2013 to 12 April 2013, with plenty of opportunities for you to gain information, both online and in your local area. In addition to ‘drop in’ information sessions to be held in Tiaro, Howard, Maryborough and Hervey Bay and a dedicated Planning Scheme Hotline, town planners will also be available to answer queries at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Customer Service Centres.

More here>>> Draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme

The draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme is now open for public comment and we want to hear from you.

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BRUCE HIGHWAY BURRUM RIVER ROAD INTERSECTION UPGRADE PHOTOS + FOR SALE 5 ACRE LOTS & TOWN WATER

BRUCE HIGHWAY & BURRUM RIVER ROAD RECENT UPGRADE WELL OVERDUE


Several weeks ago work was completed on the intersection of the Bruce Highway & Burrum River Road @ the Fraser Coast Queensland

Looks great and the safety aspects cannot be over rated.We thank the Department of Main Roads

This upgrade was in front of the 5 acre estate lots with town water on the Torbanlea side of the Burrum River.

There is an approval for 12 x 5 acre lots with town water and further information on availability of these magnificent rare lots can be obtained from us at [email protected]

Expressions of interest for your 5 acre lot with town water are invited here

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TORBANLEA BRUCE HIGHWAY INTERSECTION BEING UPGRADED

Great to see this very much used intersection being upgraded & well overdue


Department of main roads Queensland has been assessing the Torbanlea intersection for some time and has now actually nominated the Sunstate Group Qld Pty. Ltd to carry out the works.

Some pics are attached on works commencing taken by Henry Sapiecha.

Jim Gabriel project manager for Sunstate said they would be doing the upgrade over the next 4-6 months

Ron Grieves from the Dept of Main Roads has commented on the need for this upgrade and will get back to his department re the placement of further pipes under the highway for future growth plans for the area and especially the 60 acres or so across the highway where a proposal for a 300 modular home village has been put forward to be used by the ‘Grey Nomads’.

The existing power lines over the highway will be replaced by an underground service as part of the current intersection upgrade

Full plans of the Torbanlea Bruce Highway intersection downloadable

Plans here for intersection upgrade by Main Roads & Sunstate

Property  sale here 60 acres proposed  300 modular homes Bruce Highway -Refer above aerial view

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TORBANLEA PICNIC RACES EVENT IS ON 22ND OCTOBER 2011

COUNTDOWN TO THE YEARLY EVENT KNOW AS THE TORBANLEA PICNIC RACES BEGINS.

The event is on October 22nd starting 10am on that Saturday.

Corporate support is well on track with around 500 supporters to be there in that area alone.

Helicopter joy flights will be on between races & the Miners Arms hotel will launch the event at 2pm on the same day.

More to come here in the next few days. This years event promises to be the best ever yet, so be there to enjoy the festivities.

Enquiries & ticket purchases should be directed to  >>>

Edith Rutherford     M-0409609971

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FRASER COAST COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE ON AREA TO BE A SERVICE CORRIDOR FOR QUEENSLAND

TORBANLEA  & HOWARD AREA HAS ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO FIT IN WITH THE PROPOSED SERVICE CORRIDOR IN QUEENSLAND AS OUTLINED BY OUR LOCAL FRASER COAST COUNCIL.

We have plenty of  land here for a major airport, industrial estates, transport terminals, electric trains & station, highway access, skilled available workforce, water supply, electric power, national broadband connection availability, short distance to beaches and more than adequate community services & facilities

One proposal I have suggested also was to have a huge ‘container terminal’ here to take some of the pressure from the Brisbane wharves. This would be serviced by the existing but upgraded rail & highway network in shifting the containers from the Brisbane wharves as they arrive there to here where they can be stored and dispersed from here to various locations around the state of Queensland.

I have access to corporations that will assist in putting together such a development given that this proposal is now possible. We need however to commission a report investigating the initiative.With the local & state governments co-operating and funding such a report, one can confidently march forward towards a prosperous future for our region

A great start is a local Fraser Coast central trades & services project that requires some support to kick start the proposal. Refer link below.

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**Refer the Fraser Coast council press release below

Council advocates for a service corridor

16 September 2011

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has called for the State Government to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett as a service corridor under plans to promote regional Queensland.

The push was contained in the Council’s response on the draft Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and draft Queensland Infrastructure Plan.

“The Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett should be recognised as a service corridor to the developing gas and mining sectors next door,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.

The draft plans indicate that services account for at least 20% of the Queensland economy but fail to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett in maps outlining Queensland’s economic zones. (See purple area to be added to map from planning document.)

“The map shows our region as a white void,” Cr Kruger said.

“Our submission on the draft documents includes support from Wide Bay Burnett Mayors, the Regional Development Authority, the Urban Development Institute of Australia – Wide Bay and all chambers of commerce  – for our region to be included as a service corridor to the growing resource sectors to the west and north.

“The Fraser Coast is more than just a tourism destination.  It is ideally positioned at the gateway to the gas and energy sectors so our skilled trades, manufacturing and service industries will have an important role in the development of the resource sector.

“Recognition of the Fraser Coast as a service centre will focus attention on our ability to provide equipment, logistics, fully serviced and affordable industrial land, land for homes as well as workers.

“It will also focus government attention on the need to fund infrastructure here so we are ready to meet the demand for new homes and industries to expand.

“The support of regional stakeholders to this proposal is strong and we urge the State to recognise the economic opportunities for the Wide Bay Burnett in these strategic plans that will guide future infrastructure investment and development of the state.”

The Council submissions on the Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and Queensland Infrastructure Plan have been lodged with the State Government as part of the community consultation process.  Outcomes are expected later this year.

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HAVE A SAY – LAND USE IN THE FRASER COAST / WIDE BAY / BURNETT REGION

Have your say on land use in the Wide Bay Burnett district

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The views of the communities of the Wide Bay Burnett region and beyond are vital to ensuring future sustainable regional growth and development. There are a number of ways to have your say on the draft.

Community consultation on the Draft Wide Bay Burnett State Planning Regulatory Provisions 2009

Consultation on the draft regulatory provisions includes the opportunity to make a submission under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

How to make a submission

There are several ways to make a submission. Use the submission form (PDF icon 343 KB) or complete the online survey at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au.

Additional information can be attached to the submission form (PDF icon 343 KB) for a more detailed submission.

Closing date for feedback: 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 March 2010.

Submissions can be made by:

  • Email submission form and relevant attachments to [email protected]
  • Online at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au
  • Fax +61 7 4151 9745
  • Post submission form and relevant attachments to:
    Draft Wide Bay Burnett State Regulatory Planning Provisions 2009
    Department of Infrastructure and Planning
    PO Box 979 Bundaberg Qld 4670

Further information

For more information email [email protected] or call 1300 724 051.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 December 2009 )

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OLD MINING MAPS OF SHAFTS-MINES/TUNNELS IN THE BURRUM DISTRICT

BURRUM AREA MINES, SHAFTS & TUNNELS – MAPPING

ROD STAFFORD of the local area mining family/land holders

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I had arranged to see Mr Stafford with maps of the entire burrum district relating to the coal interests his family had with the ownership of Howard Collieries who did a lot of the mining in the area.

It was described to me how the seams ran through the area and apparently went in a circular type radius probably as the nucleus being the dump area and going around in a circle through the current railway station area and towards the golf course and then in a circular motion along Burrum River Rd back towards Torbanlea and then back to Howard again.

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These mines and shafts are old ones and have long since been filled in with only the occasional subsidence.

They are not and should not be a problem in most cases, however it is great to know about these workings in case they do become an issue.

The plans and maps are fragmented in some cases and will require some serious work to make them usable or desipherable .

I have organized a surveyor to volunteer his services to copy the plans and get them back to us in some form that perhaps we can structure some usable format from them.

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These plans will then be available for access to the public, consultants and authorities to access for a small fee when searches are done etc when buying a property etc or planning developments in the area.

The chamber extends its thanks to the Stafford family for thier co-operation in supplying the necessary data from which we shall endeavour to amass the mapping guidelines to the mining history to this area.

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At some stage we shall supplement this info with that from the mining department to assemble what we believe will be the most comprehensive old mines maps in the district.

WILL KEEP YOU POSTED WITH DEVELOPMENTS

Published by Henry Sapiecha 2nd June 2009

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