Warwick Hockey Association’s synthetic field after the flood damage in January.
Warwick Hockey Association’s synthetic field after the flood damage in January. Gerard Walsh

Levee bank now closer

A FLOOD levee bank is one step closer to being a reality for the Warwick Hockey Association after council voted in favour of constructing it at this week’s engineering services committee meeting.

The association suffered a heartbreaking loss of its newly installed $300,000 hockey pitch during this summer’s flood events.

Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) resolved last month to look into a levee bank to protect the Queen’s Park club and yesterday, after a behind-closed-doors meeting, councillors made a resolution, which will still need to be passed at next week’s general meeting, to construct the levee bank.

The council intends to provide enough earthworks to protect the club in a one-in-a-100-year flood event after engineering research confirmed it was the most efficient was to save the club from future damage.

According to engineering director Peter See, the cost to the council would be an estimated $104,000.

No timeframe has yet been given, however a council spokeswoman later confirmed it was unlikely to proceed as part of this year’s budget.

“Council will now be able to provide Warwick Hockey Association (WHA) with a letter of intent, confirming council’s intent to fund and build the levee bank,” she said.

“Which will enable WHA to apply for any substantial State/Federal funding that may arise to assist with replace the hockey field.”

Cr Ross Bartley, who is also the engineering chair, yesterday voted against it saying the engineering budget was very tight. “There needs to be further investigations into other alternative flood-damage mitigation methods apart from a levee bank,” he said.

The full cost of the damage at the hockey club is estimated at close to $750,000.



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