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Residents show support for flood levee

South Rockhampton proposed flood levee alignment
South Rockhampton proposed flood levee alignment

AFTER numerous studies, surveys and consultations, Rockhampton residents have tipped their support in favour of a South Rockhampton flood levee.

The South Rockhampton Flood Levee committee presented the findings of the lengthy community consultation process to councillors yesterday.

Results showed young people are most in favour of a levee and older men were most reluctant.

An independent phone survey conducted by CQUniversity sampled 400 of the 49,294 residents aged over 18 and found there was 95% confidence in the proposal.

Rockhampton Regional Council surveyed 1000 property owners who stood to benefit from the levee.

Of the 467 responses, just over 64% were in favour of a levee.

The results were a stark contrast to a community engagement register which showed almost 60% of participants strongly disagreed.

Rockhampton Region mayor, Margaret Strelow told councillors the method was not necessarily representative as people with concerns or who disagreed were more likely to use the method - the opt-in method requires active agreement to receiving further emails.

However, she said it was important for the council to understand what the concerns were.

Of the 166 people who completed the survey, only 21% strongly agreed with a levee.

The biggest concerns were water displacement, cost and a general acceptance that Rockhampton exists on a flood plain.

Cr Strelow acknowledged the positive results were different to those from surveys conducted by State Member for Rockhampton, Bill Byrne and Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry.

"It does depend on what people understand and know," Cr Strelow said.

"I don't doubt Bill's survey was genuine, but only the final question was about the levee...and Michelle Landry's question about a levee for Depot Hill was misleading."

The South Rockhampton Flood Levee is now in the final stages with full and detailed designs expected by the end of this month.

The committee has recommended stabilising the Pink Lily meander and the western bank between Wood St and The Bend.

Due to the continued southward movement of the Fitzroy River, it also recommended a bathymetric survey of the river to better understand future river movements.

Topics:  flooding flood levee rockhampton rockhampton regional council



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