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Backflow devices underway for five key Brisbane locations

17 January, 2014

Backflow devices underway for five key Brisbane locations

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s commitment to flood mitigation measures is making significant progress, with work currently underway to install backflow devices in five key Brisbane locations.

The Lord Mayor said the backflow device installation program would fast-track three years of vital flood mitigation work into one year.

Current works are underway at New Farm (Sydney St), Fig Tree Pocket (Kenny St), Chelmer (Nadine St) and Milton (Castlemaine St) along with a joint Council and Queensland government backflow project beginning at Milton Drain that will benefit Milton and Rosalie residents.

“Our accelerated backflow program is part of my commitment to deliver the most effective flood mitigation measures across the city to help reinforce Brisbane against natural disasters,” Cr Quirk said.

“Once we complete the program in June, the risk of backflow flooding will be reduced for approximately 80 per cent of properties affected by backflow flooding in 2011, which is equivalent to 1500 properties.

“The fast-tracked program is well underway with work for all devices due for installation this financial year either completed, underway or due to begin shortly.”

The final concrete lid for the Castlemaine Street backflow device is being poured today in Cribb Street.

Work on the Castlemaine Street device is due for completion at the end of February, when a large penstock device with a 3-metre-diameter pipe will be installed. The Castlemaine Street backflow device will benefit both Suncorp Stadium and the XXXX Brewery and is one of the most challenging projects as part of the program, due to the sites space constraints.

Cr Quirk said the nearby Milton drain device would be the largest device installed as part of the program, which would include two 2.2 metre flap gates, a 6 metre penstock device and a flood sealable door for the walkway.

“The technology we are using for Milton drain is a first for Council and this innovative design will be built with the help of $500,000 in funding from the Queensland government,” Cr Quirk said.

Milton Drain is an open storm water system which opens directly onto the Brisbane River, which is what makes Milton Drain’s backflow device so unique.

The sealable door and devices will be fitted on a massive concrete structure that will extend right to the top of Coronation Drive at a height of 10 metres.

Member for Mount Coot-tha Saxon Rice MP said protecting the Milton area from backflow flooding was an important issue for local businesses and residents.

“I have lobbied the Queensland Government to allocate funds to the backflow device program and it is great to see Milton on the top of the priority list,” Ms Rice said.

“Businesses and residents continue to raise the need for preventative flood measures and this is another step to minimising local backflow flooding.”

The Milton drain gate is custom designed and manufactured in Australia and is constructed to manually slide and lock in place as the river level rises.

Cr Quirk said the backflow locations currently underway included:
• Castlemaine Street, Milton benefitting up to 244 properties including Suncorp Stadium
• Milton drain, Milton benefitting up to 453 properties including Milton School
• Sydney Street, New Farm benefitting up to 388 properties
• Kenny Street, Fig Tree Pocket benefitting up to 30 properties
• Nadine Street, Chelmer benefitting up to 181 properties

Construction on backflow devices along Coronation Drive, Auchenflower and Gailey Road, St Lucia is expected to begin next month.

[Ends] JANUARY 15, 2014

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