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Monday, November 21, 2011

Flooded Homes Move to Higher Ground

THE first removal home from the disaster-struck flood zone in Grantham will be moved to the historic new estate on higher ground tomorrow.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Steve Jones said the moving of the first removal home into the new estate was another major milestone for the Australian-first Strengthening Grantham project.

"This first house being moved really is at the cornerstone of the original idea of the estate - moving homes out of harms way up on to safe ground," he said.

"All along we've wanted people to be able to live in a safe environment where they know when it rains there is no chance they can be flooded.

"That's what residents want and that's what this estate provides.

"We also welcome the assistance provided by Main Roads in allowing transportation of the home, particularly with the installation of a temporary crossing of the railway line and we look forward to a permanent overpass being in place soon to link the new and old Grantham."

The home will be moved to lot 48 which is a 4000m2 block in the estate.

While a number of homes are under construction on the site, tomorrow's move will be the first home from the flood zone to be moved up onto the hill on safe ground.

The official launch of the development will take place on Saturday, December 10, with families taking part in the swap invited to a family fun day including attendance by a host of dignitaries.

Council is still in the preliminary planning stages for the land it now owns in the flood zone but the most likely uses will include parklands, community market gardens and farming.

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