Creek clean up by council
AFTER complaints from Morris St residents, Rockhampton Regional Council has leapt into action in a bid to prevent a repeat of 1990s when flood water damaged homes and property in the area.
Morris St resident Noel Brown said he was overwhelmed with the pace the council had used since he voiced his concerns as reported in The Mirror on May 30.
"I am very happy with the results in the cleanup of the creek. It is a huge improvement already and the work crew has only been here for the last week," said Noel."I think full credit has to be given to MP Bruce Young, Cr Bill Ludwig and others responsible for pulling together and achieving such a good result."We were all very concerned that the debris and build up in the creek would create a real reel issue when flood waters come through again."
Noel has lived in Morris St since 1977 and in 1991, he lost most of his personal belongings - which could not be replaced - when flood waters swept through his home."I think the important thing for the council to consider now is to put a long term plan in place to prevent further problems," said Noel.
Rockhampton Regional Council Cr Bill Ludwig agreed.He said it was now important to develop a management control plan that was mindful of achieving the right environmental balance.
"There is still some work to be done on this site to remove a build up of gravel but this is certainly a huge improvement and should offer residents some peace of mind," Cr Ludwig said."It has been around 20 years since work was last done on this site which then involved some widening in response to the floods in the 90s."The remedial work was well and truly overdue and an added boon is the opportunity to clean up and remove rubbish that has been accumulating from illegal dumping."