EROSION OF BURDEKIN
"PUBLIC ENEMY No. 1"
AYR, Jan. 10,—"We do not know
whether we are going to be saved or drowned," said Cr. Wall, who presided over a large meeting of Ayr and Home
Hill residents to discuss the danger- ous erosion of the river banks. He referred to the Burdekin as "public enemy number one."
Mr. Coburn, an independent candi- date for Mundingburra " at the next
election, advocated the damming of the river at The Gorge.
Cr- Quartermaine said that mining the islands in the river, which had collected and were forcing the water over the banks, was the best idea.
lt was eventually decided to ask the
Co-ordinator-General to make funds and labour available immediately to
clear the river of sand from the traffic bridge to the sea. Mr. Quartermaine's motion to use mines was narrowly defeated.
The district is very concerned over the erosion, as it is considered that if another flood like that of last March occurs, there Is a possibility that the
river may alter its course and flow « straight through Home Hill 1