Damn the levee, let’s think big and build a dam at Eden Bann
THERE is no secret Dominic Doblo has been damning of the proposed flood levee for Rockhampton.
Instead Dominic believes we should have massive dam, "as big as the Snowy mountains", as a long-term investment in our future.
"We live in more dry than flood," Dominic said yesterday. We should have a massive dam on the Fitzroy to see us through the dry times."
Citing The Gap above Eden Bann Weir as the ideal location, Dominic knows it will be a $1 billion project, much more than the proposed flood levee, but feels the money spent would be an investment in our future. With ideals the project could be funded by government support and superannuation, Dominic said the investment could provide income from irrigation and other investors.
"Mining companies might want to be involved for their own future water supply."
He feels if mining companies were involved it might make them take more ownership of the waterways and look more at the quality of water they released.
With the size of the dam he had it mind Dominic believed it would also lend itself to hydro electricity as a future energy alternative.
Dominic believes the majority of Rockhampton residents are on his side when he says he doesn't want the levee built, and fears if money is given by the government for the project then we will miss out on funding for other things.
"I am sick of small minded, let's start thinking of the big picture."