Local business owner Ken Hay says the new flood marker monument is misleading as it suggests the water level reached a point where his business and others along Quay street would have had several feet of water through them during the 2011 flood which was not actually the case. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Local business owner Ken Hay says the new flood marker monument is misleading as it suggests the water level reached a point where his business and others along Quay street would have had several feet of water through them during the 2011 flood which was not actually the case. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Monumental stuff up or art? Resident questions flood marks

ROCKHAMPTON businessman Ken Hay has aired concerns about a new flood monument opposite his K&S Timbers premises on Quay St.

Mr Hay yesterday questioned why the monument, which has the words flood marker on it, said the Fitzroy's highest recorded flood in 1918 was 9.72m. That flood is recorded at 10.11m on the other nearby flood marker. Checks yesterday showed this as the accepted level.

Mr Hay also said the new monument gave the misleading impression that waters from subsequent floods would have reached and entered his and other CBD businesses. He said during 2011, floodwater was about 70cm short of his premises, however people would get the impression from the monument that Quay St would have been deep in water.

"It's a monumental stuff up," Mr Hay said yesterday.

He said he supported the beautification of the river, but not in a "misleading and deceptive" way.

Rockhampton Regional Council acting CEO Michael Rowe said the flood height was provided by the local Rockhampton Historical Society.

"The difference to the current marker relates to the change to the tide gauge made in 1928," Mr Rowe said.

"The artist's commission for the work was $15,000, which was funded by a grant from the Federal Government. This work is a piece of public art and is not intended to be a river height gauge."

Do you think the new flood monument should have been 100% despite being art monument and not gauge?

This poll ended on 29 November 2013.

Current Results

Yes

94%

No

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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