19 March 2012

Wivenhoe dam engineers win sympathy from Ipswich councillor Paul Tully

Flood gates open on Wivenhoe Dam. 

SEQWATER lawyers have strongly disputed a key accusation confronting the three Wivenhoe dam engineers as a high-profile flood victim demands the crime watchdog expand its investigation.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully, who lost his family's Goodna home in the flood, said the three engineers could not be made "scapegoats".

"It would be unthinkable these three engineers on their own (acted) without a nod and a wink from Seqwater," Cr Tully said.

"The CMC needs to widen its investigation."

The flood inquiry, which released its final report on Friday, recommended the Crimes and Misconduct Commission investigate the conduct of flood engineers Robert Ayre, Terry Malone and John Tibaldi.

The men are being investigated in relation to their preparation of a report following the floods as well as oral evidence they gave to the inquiry.

The men were openly accused inside the inquiry about their operation of Wivenhoe.

Seqwater lawyers, in one of their final submissions to the inquiry, strenuously deny the accusations.

Cr Tully said the CMC owed it to the people of Queensland to leave no stone unturned in the search for the truth and to find the real puppeteers in Seqwater.

"It beggars belief that three engineers would (gather) their evidence without a tick of approval from those above them," he said.

"If necessary, they should be offered immunity from prosecution to reveal the whole truth."

Meanwhile, the planned class action against Seqwater and the State Government continues to develop as the largest in Australia's history.

A meeting of flood victims has been convened by Cr Tully at the Goodna State School tonight with lawyers from Maurice Blackburn in attendance to explain how class actions work.

"All flood victims across Ipswich and Brisbane are invited to attend the meeting so they can sign up for a class action," he said.


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