MP backs growing call to build more resilient infrastructure
FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has backed calls to build more resilient infrastructure after the latest floods.
"I think we have got to spend a little bit more money on bridge ends and use more concrete instead of bitumen because, with this heavy rain, the bitumen will soon lift off and create great holes and wells, which makes those bridges impassable," he said.
"When I saw the holes that have been gouged in the sides of roads and bridges, it certainly changed my mind about driving in heavy rain. The holes are so dangerous they could swallow a car in one go."
Speaking in Federal Parliament on Thursday, Mr O'Dowd said two thirds of his electorate had been hit badly by flooding.
"Over 1000km of fencing was knocked down in the Banana Shire alone," he said.
"Hundreds of homes were inundated and some were lost forever. Some sheds in the Stanwell area were picked up, with their concrete base attached, and dumped on other people's properties.
"That is how strong the water was.
"Very high stock losses were reported in the early days. But as the floodwaters receded, cattle, pigs, sheep et cetera bobbed up on other properties downstream."
Mr O'Dowd said it would take a long time to rebuild after another disaster.
"A lot of the farmers, who are devastated, are still paying back loans from the 2010 flood, so they are going to be hit hard. They say to me, 'We don't want to owe more money'," he said.
Do you think governments should spend more money on making infrastructure flood-proof?
This poll ended on 08 March 2013.
Yes. Otherwise we're just throwing money away.
No. We can't afford it.
It's an impossible goal to achieve.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.