News

Thousands still wait for flood compensation

SUPPORT: The clean-up in Goodna in January, 2011 after major flooding. Goodna resident Benitta Harding is comforted by her friend Annie Walsh of Redbank Plains.
SUPPORT: The clean-up in Goodna in January, 2011 after major flooding. Goodna resident Benitta Harding is comforted by her friend Annie Walsh of Redbank Plains. David Nielsen

SIX years on from the 2011 floods and victims are still waiting for compensation from a multi-billion dollar class action.

Maurice Blackburn lawyers filed a class action in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on July 8, 2014 seeking compensation for financial loss and damage caused by the negligent operation of Wivenhoe and Somerset dams during the January 2011 flood in south-east Queensland.

The hearing had been set down for the Supreme Court of NSW in Sydney on July 18 of last year, but was delayed.

The class action has been launched by law firm Maurice Blackburn against Seqwater, Sun Water and the State of Queensland on behalf of 4500 Ipswich and Brisbane plaintiffs who lost homes and businesses in the 2011 floods.

Cr Paul Tully, who lost his Goodna home in the floods, has reiterated his call for the action to be settled out of court by the Queensland Government before it gets to trial.

"Last year the judge ordered the exchange of more material on both sides," Cr Tully said.

"What it is leading to is a long, drawn out trial which could go for many months later this year or next year.

"The only winners will be the lawyers, which is why I am urging the State Government again to consider settling the action."

 

Flooding in Ipswich CBD in 2011.
Flooding in Ipswich CBD in 2011. Rob Williams

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the QT last year that any decision about a settlement would be made by Crown Law and that she was not able to comment.

Maurice Blackburn's website states that the class action is "being brought in negligence, against Seqwater, Sunwater and the State of Queensland. As the operators of Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams, they had a duty to operate the dams competently in order to minimise the impact of dam releases downstream."

"The class action alleges that the negligent operation of the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams in the lead up to and during the 2011 flood significantly contributed to the extent and the level of flooding downstream of the dams and created a flood that was much worse than it would have been if the dams had been operated competently."

The class action is being run on a no win, no fee basis. Many people in the Ipswich area are claimants and it is expected that a hearing could be heard later this year.

There were 600 properties flooded in 2011 in Goodna, the highest number of any suburb in south-east Queensland. Cr Tully said there were just six flood damaged houses in Goodna that had no repairs done to them since the flood.

 

Barry Adams of Woodend used this dingy to help his family move possessions and themselves to higher ground on Leslie Street at East Ipswich.
Barry Adams of Woodend used this dingy to help his family move possessions and themselves to higher ground on Leslie Street at East Ipswich. David Nielsen

"The community has come forward and regrown," he said.

"It is a testament to the good will in the community how people have worked together. Six short years later most people have pretty well recovered from the flood."

There is one home, in Woogaroo St, where there have been reports of squatters moving in.

Squatting is not a criminal offence, unless a person breaks and enters with the intent of committing an indictable offence. Squatting is however a civil matter and a landlord can ask police to assist in evicting the squatters.

Cr Tully said that the houses that remained in rack and ruin were generally owned by those who were not insured and hadn't been able to afford to restore them.

Topics:  2011 floods class action cr paul tully maurice blackburn


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sailing classes kick off

WATER SKILLS: Learn to sail classes will begin in February.

Get sailing this summer.

Bite into Aussie Day feast

AUSSIE DAY FEAST: Executive chef from Fish D'vine Hanzel Martinez, Fish D'vine's Kev Collins, Ken Hooper head chef at Capers, Cr Jan Clifford and head chef from Mangrove Jacks Brad Martin prepare for the Great Australian Bites food festival coming this Australia Day.

It will be foodie heaven in Airlie Beach this Australia Day.

Prime spot ready for next stage

STUNNING: The view from Airlie Summit.

Airlie Summit is on the move.

Local Partners

Help with a lunch box snack for school kids

The Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre has joined forces with Cannonvale Coles to help fill kids' lunch boxes this coming school year.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

The surprising problem police face at Woodford Folk Festival

STREET SCENE: Woodford Folk Festival 2016.

The biggest issue for police at Woodfordia is not what you'd expect

Woodford Folk Festival on track to smash records

Monsieur Camembert performs at Woodford Folk Festival.

Great artists, perfect weather the perfect recipe for Woodford

Wonder Woman a ‘disjointed disaster’, says DC insider

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

INSIDER says the much-hyped blockbuster will disappoint.

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!