News

Residents show support for flood levee

South Rockhampton proposed flood levee alignment
South Rockhampton proposed flood levee alignment

AFTER numerous studies, surveys and consultations, Rockhampton residents have tipped their support in favour of a South Rockhampton flood levee.

The South Rockhampton Flood Levee committee presented the findings of the lengthy community consultation process to councillors yesterday.

Results showed young people are most in favour of a levee and older men were most reluctant.

An independent phone survey conducted by CQUniversity sampled 400 of the 49,294 residents aged over 18 and found there was 95% confidence in the proposal.

Rockhampton Regional Council surveyed 1000 property owners who stood to benefit from the levee.

Of the 467 responses, just over 64% were in favour of a levee.

The results were a stark contrast to a community engagement register which showed almost 60% of participants strongly disagreed.

Rockhampton Region mayor, Margaret Strelow told councillors the method was not necessarily representative as people with concerns or who disagreed were more likely to use the method - the opt-in method requires active agreement to receiving further emails.

However, she said it was important for the council to understand what the concerns were.

Of the 166 people who completed the survey, only 21% strongly agreed with a levee.

The biggest concerns were water displacement, cost and a general acceptance that Rockhampton exists on a flood plain.

Cr Strelow acknowledged the positive results were different to those from surveys conducted by State Member for Rockhampton, Bill Byrne and Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry.

"It does depend on what people understand and know," Cr Strelow said.

"I don't doubt Bill's survey was genuine, but only the final question was about the levee...and Michelle Landry's question about a levee for Depot Hill was misleading."

The South Rockhampton Flood Levee is now in the final stages with full and detailed designs expected by the end of this month.

The committee has recommended stabilising the Pink Lily meander and the western bank between Wood St and The Bend.

Due to the continued southward movement of the Fitzroy River, it also recommended a bathymetric survey of the river to better understand future river movements.

Topics:  flooding, flood levee, rockhampton, rockhampton regional council




Latest deals and offers

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

Sir Cliff Richard feels 'best' after sex abuse allegations

Sir Cliff Richard is 'back' to his best after sex abuse claims

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.