Member for Hinkler Paul Neville, Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey and local councillor Danny Rowelson discuss future development at Elliott Heads.
Member for Hinkler Paul Neville, Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey and local councillor Danny Rowelson discuss future development at Elliott Heads.

Election cash flows for project

COUNCILLOR Danny Rowelson’s passion to ensure the Elliott River mouth will continue to be viable is a step closer, with the Coalition Government announcing a $2 million contribution to the project.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the election promise at Elliott Heads yesterday.

Sand gets distributed to the Elliott River mouth and with no flushing system the river clogs with silt.

While Mr Hockey announced the funding he was unaware of Bundaberg Regional Council’s preferred measures to fix the problem.

Cr Rowelson made it known, and said council hoped to install anti-vandal, sand-filled bags made of material that lets water flow through them.

They would be installed two metres above the highest astronomical tide limit to create a navigational passage for the river, which would create a flushing action.

“That in itself will provide us with a passage to take pleasure and charter crafts out to the Cochrane Artificial Reef,” Cr Rowleson said.

But $2 million is not enough to fix the siltation.

Cr Rowleson said the project would cost $2.9 million.

Labor candidate for Hinkler Belinda McNeven said she is aware of the issue and had sent information to Federal Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese but had not received a response.

She said the Coalition’s promise was a distraction from its health policy. “We are 19 days from an election and they haven’t released a health policy,” she said.



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