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Flood issues factored into design and proposed location

A map showing where flood waters could go if there was a 1 in 100 year flood on the proposed site for the Stadium and Convention Centre. Populous has a flood engineer on the design team.
A map showing where flood waters could go if there was a 1 in 100 year flood on the proposed site for the Stadium and Convention Centre. Populous has a flood engineer on the design team.

POPULOUS engaged the help of a flood modelling company when choosing sites for the proposed stadium and convention centre.

Shaun Gallagher, from Populous, yesterday showed Rockhampton councillors Q100 flood mapping that revealed there was a possibility the chosen site in the sporting precinct along the Fitzroy River could flood in a 100-year flood event.

But he reassured councillors Populous had experience with flood mitigation, having been involved in the development of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The site was flooded in 2011. "We do have a flood engineer on board," Mr Gallagher said.

Mr Gallagher said they were aware how to design the proposed stadium and convention centre to ensure if the site was flooded, as much of the structure as possible would not be damaged. He gave the example of ensuring electrical transmission was not on the ground.

Councillors unanimously supported the decision to build the complex on the site chosen by Populous. "I think (the complex) is going to be tremendous," Deputy Mayor Tony Williams said.

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