Rotting debris left in the Alligator Creek after Cyclone Marcia lowered oxygen levels in the water and, with no rain to keep the water flowing, it stayed that way for some time
Rotting debris left in the Alligator Creek after Cyclone Marcia lowered oxygen levels in the water and, with no rain to keep the water flowing, it stayed that way for some time Allan Reinikka

Council push to investigate Alligator Creek flow issues

ROCKHAMPTON Region Mayor Margaret Strelow has called for water flow measurement equipment to be installed at Alligator Creek as a priority in the wake of the Cyclone Marcia water supply issues.

Cr Strelow raised the matter at this week's performance and service committee council meeting and stressed it was time for action. She said it had been flagged as an important step in 2013 and she didn't want to see it "shelved again".

Rotting debris left in the Alligator Creek after Cyclone Marcia lowered oxygen levels in the water and, with no rain to keep the water flowing, it stayed that way for some time.

Yesterday, Cr Strelow told The Morning Bulletin that the monitoring equipment could have helped mitigate the subsequent water quality issues and allowed council to have a better understanding of approaching problems when making decisions.

Cr Strelow said council had always recognised the lack of a testing station at Alligator Creek as a weakness in understanding river flooding. There was equipment and monitoring sites at other tributaries.

She said council had been negotiating with the Bureau of Meteorology since 2013.

"We've raised it as a priority on a number of occasions and it would have been really nice if it had already been there," Cr Strelow said.

Cr Strelow said while it was something council could install themselves, it would be better if it was controlled by the Bureau of Meteorology and information displayed on their network.



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