Flood levee plan ‘dead duck’ says councillor Schwarten

ROCKHAMPTON councillor Stephen Schwarten says the proposed South Rockhampton Flood Levee is now a "dead duck".

His comments come after Mayor Margaret Strelow confirmed Rockhampton had missed the current round of funding.

While Cr Strelow intends keeping the project on the radar, Cr Schwarten said there were other areas she now needed to focus her energies.

He said Cr Strelow had meant well with her proposal, but had she been in better touch with the opinions of every day residents she would have quickly seen the majority were always going to oppose it.

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And he stepped up the pressure on Cr Strelow calling on her to open council's financial records to "full public scrutiny in relation to the recent television advertising campaign that ran for several weeks before the council's own survey poll of public opinion regarding the levee proposal".

Cr Schwarten said a large number of people were demanding answers on what they believed was an attempt to spend public money to influence the survey result through television advertising.

He called for answers to:

The total amount of monies spent, from start to finish, on the television advertising campaign.

A full estimate of all labour costs of council staff associated with this television advertising campaign

Whether any local television production company was given the job of producing this advertisement and if not, why not.

Cr Schwarten also said he had been asked other questions regarding the flood levee proposal and he intended tabling these as Questions on Notice at the next full council meeting.

He said the mayor now needed to direct her energies to ensuring there was no forced privatisation of Rockhampton Regional Council's Fitzroy River Water if the Newman Government won a second term.



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