Flood gauge at Rockhampton at 9AM  as Fitzroy River in flood at level 8.75 metres. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin   ROK020111-flood-c1
Flood gauge at Rockhampton at 9AM as Fitzroy River in flood at level 8.75 metres. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin ROK020111-flood-c1 Chris Ison

Council favours yearly fee to pay for flood study

RATEPAYERS will have to fork out $20,000 a year, instead of a $650,000 lump sum, to pay for the council's latest flood modelling.

The decision to spread the funding out was made after councillor Col Chapman warned that the technology being used could quickly "go down the creek".

Separate studies were carried out this year on each of the catchments: Agnes Water, Calliope River, Boyne River and Auckland Creek.

Those studies were adopted this week but council officers also asked for $650,000 to install rainfall-monitoring equipment, rather than rely on historical data.

Environment portfolio holder Cr Chapman voted against every flood-study-related item in Tuesday's council meeting, saying he couldn't see the cost benefit.

"Models tend to go out of date very quickly," he said.

"As soon as you put a new development in, that technology goes down the creek."

Councillors agreed with Mayor Gail Seller's suggestion to space spending out.