Cathedral College Year 9 student Ashlee Smith collects water from the rising Fitzroy River to gain appreciation for how many people live in third-world countries.
Cathedral College Year 9 student Ashlee Smith collects water from the rising Fitzroy River to gain appreciation for how many people live in third-world countries. Chris Ison

River a source of gratitude

THE rushing river is providing more than just a spectacle for Rockhampton residents - it is helping to educate 180 Year 9 students on the luxury of clean drinking water.

The Cathedral College students this week walked to the Fitzroy River, which is set to peak tomorrow, to collect buckets of water in a symbolic gesture recognising the hardships of third world countries.

Students gained sponsorship or donations for their walk, with all money raised donated to Caritas' Project Compassion.

But the river has been the focus of more than just the students' studies in recent weeks, with the predicted peak dropping from 8.5 to 7.3 metres.

The Bureau of Meteorology provided the update to the Local Disaster Management Group yesterday.

"This is good news for our region, but we are again reminding residents not to become complacent and to make sure they are well prepared for the peak," Mayor Brad Carter said.

Ergon Energy also advised that at the revised level, power may not have to be disconnected to properties in low-lying areas of Rockhampton.

However, Ergon will continue to monitor the situation, with crews on standby if inundation compromises the safety of the community and its staff.

Sandbags are available from various locations in Depot Hill, Lakes Creek, Park Avenue and Port Curtis, while empty bags can be filled at the Rockhampton SES, Showgrounds or the carpark near Gracemere Swimming Pool.

PREDICTED PEAKS

7.3 metres at Derby St flood marker, tomorrow night

20 metres at Riverslea, last night



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