Former Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten says  the Rockhampton Mayor alone had determined that the South Rockhampton Flood Levee was a priority for the city.
Former Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten says the Rockhampton Mayor alone had determined that the South Rockhampton Flood Levee was a priority for the city. Sharyn O'Neill ROK230312soffice1

Ex Rocky MP says Mayor alone determined flood levee priority

ROBERT Schwarten has fired a broadside at Mayor Margaret Strelow, saying she acts unilaterally.

In a letter to the editor (see the full version here), the former Rockhampton MP said that the Mayor alone had determined that the South Rockhampton Flood Levee was a priority for the city.

"The sheer arrogance of this Mayor is the problem," Mr Schwarten wrote.

"At no point prior to her election did Ms Strelow ever suggest a levee would be a priority. As far as I know, no consultative process was undertaken to determine a flood levee was the number one priority in the minds of the electors. The Mayor, again acting unilaterally, has decided this is our priority and everyone else can like or lump it."

Cr Strelow responded, saying she secured support for funding across three levels of government to get the flood levee study done.

She said the funding pool that was funding levees across the state was announced only 18 months ago.



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