Prom­ise of levee banks

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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