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Majority of Rocky proposed flood levee backers are under 45

THE YOUNGER generation is leading the supporters for the proposed South Rockhampton Flood Levee.

The majority of those who backed the $48million project when interviewed by the CQUniversity Population Research Laboratory were under 45 years old.

The CQUniversity preliminary report of its Rockhampton Regional Council-commissioned phone poll of 423 people across the council area was released Tuesday.

Council organised a postal survey of 1000 property owners of houses and businesses in the proposed levee area, and 476 surveys were returned.

About 64% of those who returned the postal survey supported the construction of the levee, while 65% of those who participated in the phone poll backed it.

More than half of those polled by phone were over 55 years old.

About 42% of phone poll participants said they were affected by a flood - either in 1991, 2011 or 2013.

The CQUniversity report revealed 71% agreed the construction would reduce damage to Rockhampton, but only one third had faith it would bring down insurance premiums.

In fact, almost half of those polled said their insurance had risen by 10% or more in the past couple of years.

Despite their support, half of those polled by phone were concerned about the proposed levee.

The biggest of these was the cost of construction.

But 68% of people agreed a fitness trail or cycling track could be incorporated into the proposed levee.

Topics:  cquniversity, flood levee, rockhampton regional council



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