Se­cur­ing Echuca against flood

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

We will de­velop ac­tion lists ... there will be a num­ber of re­gion-wide ac­tions that strad­dle coun­cil bound­aries

PLANS to re­duce the im­pact of a flood in the Echuca area are con­tin­u­ing to evolve.

Fol­low­ing months of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, the de­vel­op­ment of the Re­gional Flood­plain Man­age­ment Strat­egy (RFMS) is pro­gress­ing.

Since the 2010-11 floods, work has been done to im­prove flood map­ping, flood warn­ing sys­tems and com­mu­nity flood aware­ness for towns in­clud­ing Echuca and Tor­rum­barry. The plans for our area in­clude:

■ To de­fine own­er­ship and man­age­ment ar­range­ments for Tor­rum­barry Lev­ees.

■ In con­junc­tion with coun­cil, un- der­take a re­view of ex­ist­ing flood mit­i­ga­tion in­fras­truc­ture across the re­gion to de­ter­mine ex­ist­ing ser­vice lev­els and fu­ture man­age­ment ar­range­ments.

■ In­vest in mo­bile pumps to im­prove the shire’s ca­pac­ity to re­spond to flood­ing.

■ Upgrade flood valves around Echuca to an au­to­mated sys­tem.

■ Re­view flood class lev­els for the Cam­paspe River gauge at Echuca.

■ De­velop an in­dica­tive flood like­li­hood and sever­ity tool for ap­pli­ca­tion us­ing Cam­paspe River up­stream lev­els/flows and the Mur­ray River at Echuca lev­els/flows.

■ Un­der­take flood stud­ies for Echuca and Tor­rum­barry.

North Cen­tral CMA Re­gional Flood­plain Man­age­ment Strat­egy project man­ager Shaun Mor­gan said com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion was the first step in de­vel­op­ing a re­gional strat­egy for flood­plain man­age­ment.

“We have spo­ken with coun­cils and com­mu­ni­ties over the past few months and they have told us what ac­tions they want to see hap­pen and what their pri­or­i­ties are,” he said.

“We have pri­ori­tised ac­tions and are now look­ing for com­mu­nity feed­back be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the strat­egy. We will de­velop ac­tion lists for each mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and there will be a num­ber of re­gion-wide ac­tions that strad­dle coun­cil bound­aries. Coun­cils and gov­ern­ment agen­cies will then be able to align their po­ten­tial to source and al­lo­cate funds to­wards im­ple­ment­ing pri­or­ity ac­tions.”

Ad­di­tional ac­tions for Cam­paspe Shire can be found within the Goul­burn Bro­ken Flood­plain Man­age­ment Strat­egy.

The Draft Flood­plain Man­age­ment Strat­egy is avail­able at bit.ly/regflood

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