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Flood maps inaccurate: Pahlke

Flooding in Ipswich. Ipswich CBD looking West.
Flooding in Ipswich. Ipswich CBD looking West. Rob Williams

RURAL Ipswich residents are furious about Ipswich City Council's flood maps, saying they are destroying land values and making it virtually impossible for them to sell their properties.

Councillor David Pahlke has even turned on his own council, saying the maps are inaccurate and the council must fix them.

The flood maps, available on the council's website, were released last month by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully.

The maps in urban areas were produced using aerial surveys immediately after the flood and interviews with residents.

But in rural areas, the maps used were the same ones released by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority earlier in the year.

At the time, Cr Pahlke panned them, saying they showed large areas flooded while only small areas had flash-flooded.

"In April I made it clear the maps were wrong and they're wrong now," Cr Pahlke said.

"My only advice for the council is to un-flood the residents, get off our bums and fix this up. My biggest concern is with insurance companies, how unscrupulous they can be in denying claims and raising premiums. And when people want to sell properties people will say they flooded."

Drew Gemmell-Murdoch, who lives on a property at Grandchester, said the maps were obviously inaccurate.

"The maps show that 75% of my property was under flood when only one small bottom corner the size of a duck pond went under," Mr Gemmell-Murdoch said.

"If the mapping is incorrect, it should be withdrawn until they get it right."

Katter's Australian Party Ipswich West candidate Justin Bowman, who also lives at Grandchester, said the map showed his house went under this year while it wasn't flooded at all.

"These maps will have ongoing consequences with development restrictions, property values and insurance issues, even if the council covers itself legally with disclaimers," Mr Bowman said.

Cr Tully said the council relied on "the best available data from the state in the rural areas".

"My understanding is that the QRA database was the 'single point of truth' that all relevant agencies contributed their information to in order to ensure there was one central repository of the most relevant data," he said.

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