Battle over Rookwood Weir idea
MAYOR Brad Carter says his rival Lea Taylor's call for a weir at Rookwood is an endorsement of a policy he instigated.
Cr Carter said Mr Taylor's support for the proposal was "pleasing" but suggested there was nothing new in what the candidate said would be one of his top priorities as mayor.
"This is the first time that I have seen a strategic comment in relation to the future needs of this region from mayoral candidates.
"It is disappointing though that Lea Taylor has just regurgitated a project that was initiated by me and is well and truly advanced in terms of lobbying and getting support from the state government."
Cr Carter said the project was identified as one of seven key strategic priorities for the region in an investment brief launched by the council last May.
"Under the banner of water infrastructure, there is a clear statement identifying the upgrading of Eden Bann Weir and/or constructing Rookwood Weir as projects needing the support of the state government."
The mayor said the hard work on the project had been done by the council working with Capricorn Enterprise.
Earlier this week Mr Taylor announced he would aggressively seek state and federal funding for Rookwood Weir to help drought-proof the region and end the problem of flood isolation for 10 farming families who are regularly stranded for lengthy periods when the Fitzroy River rises above a low bridge at Riverslea.