Rockhampton flood levee will change minds of opposition

OPPOSITION to the flood levee will dissipate quickly once Rockhampton has a flood with the levee in place.

That is Mayor Margaret Strelow's response to people who remain unconvinced about the council's $39 million flood levee proposal.

Last night the community had an opportunity to get more information about the local floodplain management strategies at a forum presented by the president of the Floodplain Management Association, Ian Dinham. Mr Dinham (pictured) said they had provided independent comment on the council's floodplain management options, and supported the proposed flood levee.

"This is an obvious case for a levee here in Rockhampton," he said.

"We've run through all the options … the levee is the standout, particularly the way they've proposed to do it with a one in 200-year frequency design."

Mr Dinham has spoken on flood mitigation around the world and provides education programs across Australia.

"I've been travelling around for the last few years and no one who's got a flood levee ever wants to give it away," he said.

"They've seen the damage that it saves and the heartache that it saves, they pay for themselves many times over and this one I think is an excellent case in point.

"The benefits of a levee far outweigh the disadvantages."

Mr Dinham said they looked at other options like flood ways, but they often had detrimental impacts downstream.

The council has gone out to tender for an addition layer of modelling to take into account the Yeppen developments.

Look for full coverage of the flood forum tomorrow

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