Polling of 1400 about proposed flood levee to test waters
IT'S A race to the polls - but not the kind you're thinking of.
Both Mayor Margaret Strelow and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry are determined to gauge how locals feel, using surveys, about the proposed flood levee. But the women will ensure community polling is conducted separately.
Cr Strelow is hoping the Federal and State governments will pitch in to help council pay for the $48million levee.
She has already mailed a survey to 1000 Depot Hill residents and businesses inside the proposed levee, and CQUniversity Population Research Laboratory will complete a phone poll of 400 people from across the region.
"We are asking residents if they are willing to pay either $80 to $150 a year for 20 years, based on their level of protection," Cr Strelow said. "The business special charge is higher."
Ms Landry is in the process of organising a survey to be mailed out to people listed on the electoral role as living in Rockhampton and any surrounding areas that would be affected by the proposed levee.
She also spoke with Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd to ensure everyone affected in both Capricornia and Flynn would be surveyed.
Ms Landry said constituents had expressed their concern about the levee to herself and Mr O'Dowd.
She was also concerned the flood levee would be almost a triple whammy to people's wallets - for ratepayers and taxpayers inside and outside the levee.