FLOOD RERSILIENCE: Cr Ross Sommerfeld with the Draft for dwellings constructed within a flood hazard area. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
FLOOD RERSILIENCE: Cr Ross Sommerfeld with the Draft for dwellings constructed within a flood hazard area. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

North Bundy homes given the okay to rebuild on sunken ground

WOULD you build your home on land where a house had previously sunk into the ground?

As a result of the January floods, 18 houses in North Bundaberg fell victim to sinking.

Many houses remained dangling on their limbs sparking question as to what their future would hold.

Some have been demolished while others have simply been rebalanced and their sunken stumps replaced.

Bundaberg Regional Council has said it is safe to rebuild on sunken ground.

"Yes, the land can be built or rebuilt on by the landowner," the council's Planning and Development spokesperson Ross Sommerfeld said.

While speculation has been rife that sunken land could only be used for industrial use, Cr Sommerfeld said this was untrue.

"The rumour is entirely unfounded and untrue and the perpetrator of same has failed to listen to council and its flood recovery team," he said.

He said these people needed to read the TLPI (Temporary Land Planning Instrument) or attend the five public information sessions over the preceding five weeks.

"Or attend our Scour Presentation workshop this week," he said.

Cr Sommerfeld said the simple answer on the rumoured industrial use was "no".

"Generally speaking, any residential land that is proposed for a future industrial use would be impact assessable and under the old terminology would need to be rezoned," he said.

He explained why some of the 18 sunken houses weren't demolished.

"Some didn't have a lot of sinkage," he said.

Cr Sommerfeld said anyone wanting to build on sunken land should check the council website to see what they need to do.

"In most cases, the underneath has fallen away," he said.

Asked whether the land could fall away again in future, he said: "Hopefully it shouldn't. It's a matter of what sort of fittings you put in."

He said people in flood-prone areas should heed this advice.

"It seems the best way to build a house is on stumps," he said.

He said a highset on stumps, not built in underneath, was what the council were encouraging.

"If the water can flow through under the house, that's better," he said.

"If you allow the water to flow there's less chance of the house moving."
 


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