Mayor defends reports

THE flood waters are receding but tempers are rising as Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter lashes out at Mary Carroll for her "irresponsible" comments about flood coverage.

The banter has resulted in both being shocked at each other's comments.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive officer, Ms Carroll yesterday said her concerns that flood "overkill" had impacted on local tourism leading up to the peak Easter holiday was not a personal attack against Cr Carter or Rockhampton Regional Council.

"Capricorn Enterprise, on behalf of its members, called upon media to assist us to get the message out to say Easter was looking fantastic and all access was open and has been open," she said.

"It was potential visitors from further afield ... all they heard was flood and that has caused the cancellations. Perception is no one's fault."

Cr Carter said he was disappointed and Ms Carroll's comments were out of order, when questioned at the final Local Disaster Management Group conference yesterday.

"In every media interview, I reported the highway was open, the airport was open and I did not raise any issues of alarm," he said.

"I do not understand the basis of Mary Carroll's comments. The local reports were accurate."

At the conference yesterday, the Local Disaster Management Group moved into stand down phase, and the region returned to business as usual.

Cr Carter congratulated the community for its preparation for the flood, which peaked at 7.1 metres overnight on Friday.



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