The Palaszczuk Government will begin public consultation on the $60 million South Rockhampton Flood Levee.
The flood mitigation project is being fast tracked through a streamlined assessment process.
It would involve a 8.7km levee running from the Rockhampton CBD to the Bruce Highway at Upper Dawson Road, and has been identified as the most cost-effective option to mitigate the effects of flooding in Gladstone Road, the lower CBD, Depot Hill, Port Curtis and Allenstown.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said assessment of the project was progressing via a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID).
“MIDs are an efficient, coordinated process used to assist the development of community infrastructure like schools, transmission lines and hospitals, and could enable the levee to be operational sooner,” Mr Dick said.
“No further development approvals will be required, however, the MID process ensures environmental assessment and community consultation still occurs.”
Mr Dick said the levee was declared a prescribed project by the state’s independent Coordinator-General in November 2018, to accelerate approvals required under state law.
“Public consultation on the project will run for a minimum of 20 business days, closing on 21 June 2019. A comprehensive assessment of all environmental, social and economic impacts arising from the project will be undertaken at the same time.”
More information on the MID can be found on the Departments website at https://planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/planning/better-development/infrastructure-designations