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Property owners to get one-on-one visits

Mayor Margaret Strelow.
Mayor Margaret Strelow.

THE Rockhampton Regional Council will confer with individual property owners now that the hydrology report on the proposed South Rockhampton Flood Levee is complete.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said that would be the next step in the process after 899 people surveyed about the levee had shown their support for the $48 million project.

Cr Strelow said the hydrology report, which shows water heights outside the levee, would be made public but council would first consult the property owners who were directly impacted.

"We've been writing to them pretty constantly," Cr Strelow said.

"But now it's time to go to them one by one and say your property previously had 1m of flood in 2011; on this modelling, you would have had 1m and 5cm.

"That is the sort of story that we need to be able to tell individual property owners first."

The council would also need to understand how the latest findings would work in conjunction with flood modelling being done for North Rockhampton, where the railway line acts as a virtual levee bank.

"What lets it down is the stormwater pipes that ... in time of flood allows water back in and floods lower areas in Berserker St (between the two creeks)," Cr Strelow said.

"The current budget has got money to start the work of installing valves which will stop that happening but Aecom, who are doing the big-picture flood modelling for us, are also working on that."

The council will contribute $13 million to the project but needs funding from the state and federal governments for the levee to proceed.

Rockhampton has applied for funding in the latest round of flood mitigation and resilience grants.

Topics:  levee bank, margaret strelow




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