Sharyn Oneill

We were there: Flood-proof our hwy campaign 2011

WE WERE there that day in 2011 when then Prime Minister Julia Gillard flew into Rockhampton in a Blackhawk helicopter because the city had been cut off from the south by flood water.

We were there at the press conference at City Hall to ask the Prime Minister to commit to flood proofing the Bruce Hwy into the city.

We rejected her non-committal answer where she blamed previous Australian governments for failing to act.

"Fair's fair," the PM said.

We ran our Prime Minister, Flood Proof Our Highway or be Damned page one headline the next edition as we launched our campaign to fix the problem.

We interviewed dozens of stakeholders about the impact of being isolated by the flood to ram home the damage that was done to the region.

We kept the issue front of mind until both the Gillard government and the Tony Abbott-led Coalition committed to fund the project during the 2013 election campaign.

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