Experts hand in work on north flood mitigation

WHILE the proposed South Rockhampton Flood Levee attracted the most attention, it's not the only flood mitigation works council has in the pipeline.

Yesterday, hydrologists from AECOM handed over a completed feasibility study to council which includes maps on four levees to protect against a 9.5m flood, and details on possible impacts.

Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow said the works across North Rockhampton would progress, regardless of the success of the controversial South Rockhampton Flood Levee.

Coming in at a cost of about $1 million, stage one will cover the area from Musgrave St to Ellis St, with the southern boundary following the Bridge St and Rockhampton-Emu Park Rd alignment.

Additional mitigation measures include a levee at the airport and at Splitters Creek, and a meander to stabilise Pink Lily.

Neither of these have been costed, however Cr Strelow did say they would be significantly more expensive projects.

Council is not planning to ask residents in the protected area to contribute to the funding.

They have allocated $100,000 this financial year to the start of stage one and will lobby the State Government for additional funding to finish the job.

The project would benefit 400 properties and will protect against a 9.5m flood by building the levee bank and installing flood valves on stormwater pipes.

"People will know that the water comes into North Rockhampton up those storm water pipes, and this project effectively turns the railway line and Lakes Creek Rd into a levee bank by blocking off those pipes and stopping the water from flooding low lying areas," Cr Strelow said.

Stage two will protect 140 homes, with one option involving the raising of Water Street.

None of the mitigation is a new concept, with the Splitters Creek and airport levees first proposed in 1992.

The airport levee has been built to withstand a one-in-50-year flood, and Ms Strelow said building it higher would push water out onto farmland in the vent of a flood. Instead, any flood higher than 9.5m will wash over the airport.

Deputy Mayor Tony Williams will consult with residents. To view the maps visit the council website and see the Major Projects page under the Council Services tab.

Study cost

The Rockhampton flood levee studies cost $1.2million to complete and were funded by local, state and federal government.

Topics:  flood mitigation margaret strelow north rockhampton rockhampton regional council

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