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Rockhampton residents urged not to give up the fight

BAD TIMES: Tinnies are tied to a street sign in Depot Hill as residents continue to use small boats to get to their homes still cut off from the rest of Rockhampton by floodwaters in 2011. Local Government Minister David Crisafulli wants Rockhampton Regional Council to “build the case” for the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.
BAD TIMES: Tinnies are tied to a street sign in Depot Hill as residents continue to use small boats to get to their homes still cut off from the rest of Rockhampton by floodwaters in 2011. Local Government Minister David Crisafulli wants Rockhampton Regional Council to “build the case” for the South Rockhampton Flood Levee. Chris Ison

LOCAL Government Minister David Crisafulli has urged Rockhampton Regional Council to continue to "build the case" for the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.

His comments followed his visit to the city on Wednesday to announce the State Government's $1.5 million contribution to the $2.8 million North Rockhampton flood mitigation project.

It will include the construction of a levee, drainage and sewerage upgrades, which were expected to protect more than 350 homes and almost 50 commercial buildings.

Mr Crisafulli congratulated the Rockhampton council for its commitment to flood protection.

He acknowledged that the proposed South Rockhampton Flood Levee had divided the community but said some projects were never going to win favour with everyone.

Mr Crisafulli reiterated that position yesterday.

"The North Rockhampton flood mitigation project is great because it has strong council and community backing," he said.

"Locals are clearly convinced of the North Rockhampton project and I urge the council to build the case for further stages.

"Community support is vital to get these projects off the ground but not everyone will support every project.

"Good leadership is about staring down the noisy minority and finding a way to convince the majority to come on the journey."

The council shelved the flood levee in July after its application for State Government funding was unsuccessful.

While she considered it an opportunity missed, Mayor Margaret Strelow said at the time that the flood levee was still very much on the radar.

"I am still strongly of the opinion that mitigating against flooding is our best future," she said.

EXTRA MEASURES

Additional mitigation measures identified for Rockhampton include:

Rockhampton Airport Levee

Splitters Creek Levee

Stabilising Pink Lily meander

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