It is a race against the onset of the wet season to install three new rain gauges in the Comet and Nogoa catchments.
It is a race against the onset of the wet season to install three new rain gauges in the Comet and Nogoa catchments.

Urgent need for new rain gauges

THE Central Highlands council will ignore the tendering process to install three more flood warning stations in the Nogoa and Comet river catchments, citing community safety ahead of the wet season.

In his report, corporate governance manager Bill Wilkinson said the project was a high priority for the protection of Rolleston and Emerald in providing early warning information for evacuation, decision making and safety management with gauging stations to be installed upstream of Rolleston and one on Vandyke, upstream of the Springsure-Tambo Road.

"Given the predictions for an above-median rainfall period again this summer to March 2012, council cannot delay going through another three to four-week tender and quoting process without placing the public at undue risk," Mr Wilkinson said.

"Further delay in a tender process will put council at risk by exposing the community to not having these additional flood warning systems in place before summer.

"These three river/rain gauges are classed as urgent.

"To complete the contract documents and tender the contracts would take several months. This work is urgent for public safety."


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