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30 January, 2021

Council secures funding for flood infrastructure

MAREEBA Shire Council has received $235,000 to help identify local flooding and inform residents before it happens.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba Shire Council Deputy Mayor Kevin Davies with a rain gauge at the Mareeba Water Treatment Plant.

MAREEBA Shire Council has received $235,000 to help identify local flooding and inform residents before it happens. 

This funding is a part of the $8 million Flood Warning Infrastructure Network jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. 

MSC has been given a portion of this funding to install gauges that record rainfall, river height as well as cameras and signage. 

This will allow them to monitor several high-risk flooding creeks and areas across the shire and inform residents before the flooding hits. 

MSC Deputy Mayor Kevin Davies said that the gauges will monitor areas that often flood and will enable Council to inform residents. 

“If residents are in low lying areas they can prepare and even evacuate if they’re in danger of being flooded,” he said. 

“Most of the rain gauges will have a telemetry system and that will be sent to a central database then out to BOM and other areas.” 

The new rain gauges will be installed in areas like Biboohra, Mt Aunt, Davies Creek, Mt Mulligan, Kahlpahlim Rock, Upper Spence Creek and two at Tinaroo Creek. 

The infrastructure is required to be commissioned and operating by June 2022 as per the requirements of the funding.

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