Rickuss wants aid for clean-up

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss has called on the State Government to assist local government authorities with the clean-up of creeks and rivers in the area.

In State Parliament Mr Rickuss said, as was highlighted in the recent Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry Interim Report, bulk debris and other obstacles that were still present in creeks and rivers as a result of the January floods, could be damaging to infrastructure and needed to be cleaned out before the next wet season.

“Even though some funding is available from the Federal Government, smaller councils such as the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim regional councils need additional funding assistance to assist them in clean up and management of the creeks and catchments in their areas,” Mr Rickuss said.

“The good management of our creeks and waterways benefits the whole of south-east Queensland.”

Mr Rickuss called on the Department of Natural Resources to run workshops and campaigns to ensure landholders were aware of their rights.

“While some landholders own down to the watermark, others only own land to the top of the bank,” he said.

“The department needs to clarify with landholders so that they have a clear under

standing of what their rights and responsibilities area in relation to creeks.”

He said he would continue to lobby for funding.