More questions arise about flood levee options
COUNCIL isn't quite ready to give up on the South Rockhampton flood levee just yet.
Options are being kept open for the proposal, with a unanimous vote to extend its contract on a piece of land which had been earmarked for the levee.
But yesterday Cr Stephen Schwarten questioned council's motives to keep the land under contract, when the levee project had been knocked back for government funding.
Mayor Margaret Strelow confirmed the land, on Wharf St in Depot Hill, was ideally aligned for the levee bank and council had it under a contract, which had been set to expire today.
In an Infrastructure Committee meeting on October 7 council discussed purchasing the land, but the motive was voted down after concerns about community criticism towards the levee.
Cr Strelow then put a second motion in to seek an extension of the contract until after the next election, which all councillors voted for.
"It's fair and reasonable to leave the option for the new council," she said.
"It was unanimously supported, it's a sensible thing to do."
But Cr Schwarten now wants to record his vote against it, and said he has no memory of the precise wording of the motion.
He wants to see a copy of related documents, such as the contract and the cost of the special conditions attached to it.
"The bottom line is the mayor needs to explain to the public what her intentions are regarding the proposed Depot Hill flood levee in the event she is elected mayor again," he said.
He also said he was unable to find any council resolutions authorising the contract in the first place, but Cr Strelow said it was first authorising in a levee bank steering committee meeting.
"Certainly it's been verified and supported by councillors, not with a formal resolution because it wasn't a purchase," she said.
"I find it very strange that he is now questioning something he was obviously supportive of and understood.
"I thought that was a fair call to allow the new council to make a decision."