Levee bank gets heads butting between Mayor and Lea Taylor

THE great debate got down to the nitty gritty on Thursday as former mayor Lea Taylor and the incumbent, Margaret Strelow went head-to-head over the proposed levee bank.

It was all about the mechanics and the engineering for Mr Taylor, who occupied the mayoral chair after the fierce 1991 flood that swamped flood-prone parts of Gladstone Rd.

During the debate, Mr Taylor said he attended a meeting in 1992 with Depot Hill residents who grabbed him by the arm and said, "we do not want this levee".

"I said we are here tonight to tell you we are not going to build it," he said.

He believed that building the levee would be "looking for trouble".

"Once you start playing around with the second biggest river system in Australia, you are looking for trouble. You can't convince me a levee would work," he said.

Cr Strelow replied: "We have got the best engineers working on this who have said the levee can work ... I'm not sure you understand the alignment of the levee."

The proposed $39 million levee would be funded by all three levels of government.

What is a levee?

A levee is typically little more than a mound of less permeable soil, like clay, wider at the base and narrower at the top. These mounds run in a long strip along a river, lake or ocean.



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