Promise of levee banks
Following on from Numurkah’s 2012 flood, the Victorian coalition has committed to funding a flood levee if elected next month.
With almost 80 homes, the hospital, aged care facility and caravan park damaged during the event, shadow water spokesperson Steph Ryan said the community had pushed for action to prevent a similar event.
The Numurkah Flood Action Group has advocated on behalf of the community following the flood and the coalition has promised more than $5.6 million towards construction of a permanent flood levee.
The grant would go to Moira Shire Council to deliver the preferred option from the Numurkah flood plain management study.
It would see a system of permanent levees built north and south of Broken Creek, with contributions expected from the Federal Government, Moira Shire Council and landholders.
Nationals candidate for Shepparton Peter Schwarz said the impact of the 2012 floods was still fresh in the minds of many local people.
Liberal candidate for Shepparton Cheryl Hammer said the levee would give local people peace of mind.
Devastating: The view of Numurkah from the air at the peak of the March 2012 flood.