13 April, 2012
Planning to remove remaining debris washed into local waterways from the devastating flood event of January 2011 has been completed.
Funding through SEQ Catchments allowed Lockyer Valley Regional Council to conduct aerial surveillance of local creek systems and plot debris using state of the art technology.
Council Chief Executive Officer, Ian Flint, said GPS data has been downloaded and plans drawn up to have debris moved.
“We have been working hard to clear our creek systems removing hundreds of tonnes worth of debris and rubbish and when the opportunity arose to conduct aerial surveillance, we jumped at the chance,” he said.
“By using a helicopter, we were able to achieve in a day what would take ground team’s months to complete. From the air we were able to see into thick vegetation that simply isn’t possible from the ground.”
“During the aerial surveillance we discovered hidden cars, water tanks and fallen trees that need to be removed,” Mr Flint said.
“While we have endeavoured to do all we can to ensure we haven’t missed anything, Council is still asking property owners to report any significant debris that they may be aware of.”
“Once planning has been done, contractors will be employed to remove the rubbish,” he said.
Anyone who has information on large debris still located in or around local waterways is asked to call Council on 5462 0362.