Flood inundated Arthur Street in Depot Hill as the Fitzroy River approaches 8.6m. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Flood inundated Arthur Street in Depot Hill as the Fitzroy River approaches 8.6m. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Hear more about proposed levee at forum tonight

A PROPOSED 7.2km-long levee, which could save 1500 Rockhampton properties in the next flood, will be hashed out at a community forum tonight.

Floodplain Management Association president Ian Dinham will host the event at the Athelstane Bowls Club in Ward St from 5.30pm today.

The proposed levee would form an "arc" that links the high bank in Quay St to high ground at the foot of The Range.

It would keep river floodwater out of the protected area.

Subject to final design considerations, the levee would keep at bay a 9.7m flood.

An additional 0.6m freeboard (buffer) would protect an area of 724ha and more than 1500 residential, commercial, industrial and rural parcels of land.

Initial concepts suggested that the levee would run along the Rockhampton riverfront to Gavial Creek then follow the creek bank for a short distance before crossing rural parts of Depot Hill and Port Curtis.

The levee would then follow Jellicoe St, cross the North Coast Rail Line and end at the Bruce Hwy, near Jellicoe St and Upper Dawson Rd.

Proposals suggested the levee would protect the South Rockhampton Sewage Treatment Plant and a number of large industrial businesses.

It would not protect the area from floods more than 9.7m.

Protecting Rockhampton

It's claimed the proposed levee would:

Protect 1500 properties including 1000 dwellings, 350 commercial and 150 rural properties

 

Mitigate the impact of flooding on business operations and 3000 jobs

Offset $40million in works remaining to flood-proof the Bruce Hwy through Rockhampton



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