With like-for-like funding Suburbs hopes of a second story have gone down the creek. From left: Dan Talbot, Vicki Kirkland, Damien Lawler, Mark Fowler, Brad Morrish, Rhys Fowler, Marc Wagner, Kye Lawler, Deagan Clarkson, Cooper Newley, Liam Lawler and Nick Newley.
With like-for-like funding Suburbs hopes of a second story have gone down the creek. From left: Dan Talbot, Vicki Kirkland, Damien Lawler, Mark Fowler, Brad Morrish, Rhys Fowler, Marc Wagner, Kye Lawler, Deagan Clarkson, Cooper Newley, Liam Lawler and Nick Newley. Candyce Braithwaite

Tired of just fixing it for next swamping

AFTER the Federal Government tightened up restrictions on National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) funding schemes in 2011 local governments and sporting clubs only have access to money for "like-for-like" reconstruction.

Eastern Suburbs club was swamped again during last month's flood.

And Garry McEwan, the club's president, said the recurrence of flooding had now become a frustrating system.

"The like-for-like puts us back in the same position we were in before the flood," he said.

"It will get us back up and running, but it doesn't solve the problem."

Mr McEwan said he would love to be in the position where the club could build a second storey.

"A second storey would be ideal," he said.

"It would solve all our problems.

"Over the past four years we have had three 100-year floods and it has had a very high impact on the clubs.

"We have just finished rebuilding after the last flood two years ago.

"In this event most of what we repaired has been damaged again, wasting two years of hard work."

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell shared the frustrations of the region's flood-affected sporting clubs.

Cr Blundell said all three levels of government had to work together with the clubs to get it right.

"It is not good enough to just put it back the way it was," he said.

"We need to look at ways to improve resilience.

"It means improving, not just replacing."

Cr Blundell used the levee bank put in by the Warwick Hockey Association as a prime example.

"The aim was to reduce the velocity of the water flow across the surface and it did just that," he said.

"We need to look at what we can do especially if these events are going to became more prevalent, which is what the science experts are saying is going to happen," Cr Blundell said.

"It is not good enough to just wear the cost of replacing it more often.

"Are you better off with many repayments or one bulk one for more reconstruction?"



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