Levee crum­bling away

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram res­i­dent Ron Ren­frew feels he has been fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle with Moira Shire Coun­cil for more than three years.

Mr Ren­frew has been strin­gently writ­ing to the shire about the state of the levee bank north of Sims Rd, des­per­ately keen to see a long-term res­o­lu­tion in­stead of what he de­scribes as ‘‘Band-aid’’ so­lu­tions.

The main rea­son for his an­i­mos­ity is the the­ory that if the levee gives way in a flood, his Davey St prop­erty will be di­rectly in the fir­ing line.

Mr Ren­frew first no­ticed the cracks and holes in the levee bank about five years ago and was stag­gered they re­mained.

‘‘I have been told the shire is go­ing to put some gravel on top of the levee bank, but what it re­ally needs is a com­pactor to go along and cave in the tun­nels be­fore the gravel is laid,’’ Mr Ren­frew said.

‘‘Un­til it is prop­erly com­pacted, the cracks will just keep widen­ing.’’

Mr Ren­frew’s big­gest con­cern is that, in its cur­rent con­di­tion, the levee would be ill-equipped to han­dle a flood.

‘‘Once they get a crack in them, wa­ter gets in and cre­ates tun­nels un­der the sur­face. They get big­ger and big­ger and even­tu­ally it just lets go,’’ he said.

‘‘In my opin­ion they have wasted tax pay­ers’ money. They should have ripped it up and started again.

‘‘To me it just seems like they are try­ing to do it the cheap­est way pos­si­ble.’’

Wor­ry­ing: One of the holes in the levee bank north of Sims Rd.

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