Member for Keppel Bruce Young, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli, Rockhampton Deputy Mayor Tony Williams and Mayor Margaret Strelow share the good news with local residents and business owners.
Member for Keppel Bruce Young, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli, Rockhampton Deputy Mayor Tony Williams and Mayor Margaret Strelow share the good news with local residents and business owners. Rockhampton Regional Council

$1.5m in flood funding flows to Rockhampton

LOCAL Government Minister David Crisafulli has announced a $2.8 million North Rockhampton flood mitigation project this morning.

The project, which includes the construction of a levee, drainage and sewerage upgrades, is expected to protect more than 300 homes and almost 50 commercial buildings.

Backflow prevention devices and a temporary flood barrier will also be installed.

"Right across the state, we are building the infrastructure communities need to withstand the next big flood," Mr Crisafulli said.

"Instead of putting flood mitigation for Rockhampton in the too hard basket like those who have come before us, we are doing everything we can to make sure locals have the protection they deserve."

Keppel MP Bruce Young said the project answered the call from more than 800 locals who had petitioned for better flood protection.

"We have worked closely with the council to come up with an innovative solution that will deliver big results," Mr Young said.

"This is a common sense project that will finally give relief to families who have had water lapping at their doors too many times in the past."

The Queensland Government is contributing $1.5 million from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program towards the project with the remainder being funed by Rockhampton Regional Council.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said this was great news for the community.

"This particular part of the grand scheme is an easy win," she said.

"The railway and Lakes Creek Rd effectively act as a levee so the cost is really affordable."

Councillor Strelow said there wouldn't be any negative impacts that couldn't be mitigated.

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