Rocky council sets limit on creek clean-up after cyclone

ROCKHAMPTON Regional councillors were yesterday told the clean-up bill for the region's creeks could reach $1million.

So far, work in the area, which is not covered under disaster funding arrangements, has cost $250,000.

A report prepared for yesterday's performance and service committee meeting said the clean-up bill could total $600,000.

But a council officer told the meeting it was now estimated to reach $1million.

Mayor Margaret Strelow moved to cap the clean-up budget as council sought upgraded Category D funding from the Federal Government to cover the cost of clearing creeks and waterways.

The Cyclone Marcia clean-up is expected to influence this year's budget, with councillors told achieving surplus was not guaranteed and could mean deferral of capital works.

In moving the motion to cap the creek clean up at $1million, Cr Strelow said she did not want to leave the cost open-ended.

But she recognised it was important for the creek clearing to be done to the highest possible standard while council lobbied for Category D funding.

Cr Strelow said she expected council to make it through the financial difficulties of the clean-up thanks to a previous budget surplus.

She said she hoped any budget deficit would not be carried through to next year's budget.



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