Support aired for Rockhampton flood levee plansWednesday July 10, 2013 - 13:26 EST
Rockhampton's Mayor says the Local Government Minister has been supportive of a proposed multi-million dollar levee for parts of the city.
Margaret Strelow is seeking funding for a levee along the Fitzroy River around Depot Hill and Port Curtis to reduce the impact of floods.
The Rockhampton Regional Council made a presentation to Minister David Crisafulli yesterday but any decision on funding is a long way off.
Councillor Strelow says flooding causes massive disruption.
"Well more than 3,000 jobs, about 100 small businesses whose businesses grind to a halt when we've got a significant flood like the 2011 [one], one-and-a-half thousand homes," she said.
"The southside sewerage treatment plant overtopped and there's raw sewage flowing out onto the Great Barrier Reef. The pound gets wet."
She says the levee would reduce disruption during Rockhampton's regular floods.
"You know we're the flood capital, we're always in the news for the wrong reasons, it's starting to have an impact on investment, even at Gracemere," she said.
"On top of all that, just think of the opportunity for a city with our great infrastructure that we've already got in the CBD to have all of this land suddenly have a new lease of life within two blocks of the CBD."
© ABC 2013
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