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Mayor pushes for joint federal-state flood levee funds

By Paul Robinson and Jacquie Mackay, Tuesday July 30, 2013 - 11:37 EST

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow says she is confident of getting federal and state funding for a seven-kilometre levee on the city's southside.

Councillor Strelow has been pushing the $39 million project to protect low-lying parts of Rockhampton from floods.

However, she wants $13 million each from Queensland and the Commonwealth.

Councillor Strelow says it is a vital project.

"One-and-a-half thousand properties, we're talking 100 small businesses and a couple of very sizeable businesses, around 3,000 jobs, two schools," she said.

"It's a big chunk of South Rockhampton. If the levee were in place and if everything worked properly it would have protected us from all of the floods since white settlement."

A Rockhampton council engineer says the proposed flood levee would not push water across to North Rockhampton.

Engineering services manager Martin Crow says impacts on other areas would be minimal.

"At this stage the modelling indicates to us any impacts of the levee bank would be dispersed across the flood plain itself, mainly to the west of the levee, between the levee bank, and you're looking at the Fairybower area, those sorts of areas," he said.

"That water gets dispersed across a very wide sort of flood plain, so we're not expecting the impacts to be that great."


© ABC 2013

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