Garnet Lehmann Park detention basin open

Media Release


11 April 2015

Joint release with:

Jackie Trad

Deputy Premier;
Queensland Minister for Transport;
Queensland Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Paul Antonio

Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council

Ian Macfarlane

Federal Member for Groom

Residents of Toowoomba are now better protected from flooding with the opening of a flood detention basin at Garnet Lehmann Park today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed $10 million through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRAA) to accelerate the completion of flood mitigation works.

“In January 2011, the flooding of Gowrie Creek claimed the lives of Donna Rice and her son Jordan and caused extensive damage in the Toowoomba Region, including the city's central business district,” Mr Truss said.

“This project is designed to maximise flood mitigation in order to protect property and infrastructure, potentially saving lives.”

Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane was on hand today for the Garnet Lehmann Park detention basin's official opening.

“This detention basin is one of several measures under the $25 million Gowrie Creek Catchment Flood Mitigation Project, including channel works, stream and water flow improvements, a second detention basin at Ballin Drive Park and an early flood warning system,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Work on a number of these projects is ongoing, with overall completion due by mid-2015.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the Garnet Lehmann basin will deliver a range of additional benefits to the Toowoomba community.

“Works undertaken such as landscaping, a new boardwalk crossing and the construction of new shared pathways will benefit the local community for years to come,” Ms Trad said.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio joined Mr Macfarlane in officially opening the basin, and said the project is a great example of different levels of government working together.

“I would like to thank the Australian and Queensland governments for working with Toowoomba Regional Council to finance this vital project,” Mr Antonio said.

“Through the NDRRA programme, the Australian Government provides financial assistance to assist state and local governments to carry out their crucial work in terms of disaster relief and recovery assistance measures.”

The Australian and Queensland governments have each committed $10 million to the Gowrie Creek Catchment Flood Mitigation Project, with Toowoomba Regional Council contributing a further $5 million.