Flood Markers remember disaster

Article image - Flood Markers remember disaster Councillor Andrew Smith officially launches the Condamine Flood Marker. [L-R] Councillor George Moore, Project Coordinator Kylie Bourne, Councillor Andrew Smith, President of the Condamine Progress Association David Campbell, and John Campbell. Western Downs regional council has officially launched the Chinchilla Flood Markers, which recognise the impacts of the 2010/11 floods and depict the stories of previous floods that have occurred in the area since 1942.

The Flood Marker project was funded through the Queensland State Government Community Recovery and Wellbeing Package and the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the markers, which are placed on the footpath from the Post Office to the Club Hotel, will provide a lasting legacy for current and future generations to reflect upon the devastating impacts past floods have had on the community.

“The simple poles capture flood levels, historic images and information and will be an ongoing reminder for the community to understand the legacy, impact, experience and contribution of the community during and after the disasters.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in officially launching the Chinchilla Flood Markers and I thank all those who came along on the day.”

The Condamine community has also benefited from the Flood Marker project, with a marker placed in the revamped Pioneer Park alongside a historic flood boat that also sits on display.

Project Coordinator Kylie Bourne said that it was a wonderful project to work on.

“With the community’s strong connections to the floods it was rewarding to be able to produce lasting pieces to reflect the history of the floods that I am sure the communities of Chinchilla and Condamine will be very pleased with.”

Council Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith joined the Condamine community to officially launch the flood marker and revitalised Pioneer Park.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in officially launching the Condamine Flood Marker and it’s great to finally see Pioneer Park open again for the community to enjoy.