David Crisafulli in Gympie this week.
David Crisafulli in Gympie this week. Tanya Easterby

Conflicting views on flood mitigation

AN EARLY start on Gympie flood mitigation was "a real game changer" according to MP David Gibson this week, but a "con" according to Opposition treasury spokesman Curtis Pitt.

Part of a $1 billion plan to partially flood-proof Queensland communities, Mr Pitt said it would come out of existing grant programs, including Royalties for Regions, a program to upgrade infrastructure and flood resilience with money from resource projects.

Speaking in Gympie on Wednesday, Mr Crisaffuli said the big spending program would make appropriate use of money generated in the regions, returning infrastructure spending to the non-Brisbane communities that helped to generate it.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the Monkland-Glanmire project would provide a flood link via upgrades to Penny Rd, Hall Rd and the Drummond Dve rail bridge, which would be widened for B-double traffic.

"Gympie is a tough and resilient community that picks itself up when it gets a hit," Mr Crisaffuli said, adding that many flood victims just did not want to keep on doing it any more.

Mr Gibson said the projects were vital. "After five floods in two years, the Government wants to do something about it," he said.