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Grazier backs Fitzroy Gap Dam proposal

By Paul Robinson, Thursday August 21, 2014 - 10:06 EST

A central Queensland grazier says he believes a proposed super dam on the Fitzroy River will help to flood-proof Rockhampton.

Sir Graham McCamley has given his support to the multi-billion dollar Fitzroy Gap Dam, first proposed in the 1930s.

Businessman Dominic Doblo says the dam is essential to fulfil a vision of creating a food bowl in the Fitzroy Basin.

Sir Graham says it is also a more sensible flood mitigation option than building levees in Rockhampton.

"I believe that 'leveeing' this town is stupid and levees everywhere they've done it have caused more problems," he said.

"If this dam goes ahead, that water can be regulated much better than what they could do with Wivenhoe because that's a smaller river.

"This is a very big river from there right out to sea and they'd never have to be flooded again in my opinion."

However, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow says a dam would be unable to hold all the water that surges down the Fitzroy River in floods.

"We know that the dam at The Gap won't have the impact on flooding that I think some people think it will," she said.

"If we're going to use that structure as flood mitigation we'd have to keep it empty for it to have any impact on the city and it's probably way too expensive an option when you compare it to, for instance, the South Rockhampton flood levee."


- ABC

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