$8.2m for flood works

City ‘shovel ready’ for flood works

The Northern Star - - NEWS - ALI­SON PATER­SON ali­son.pater­son@north­ern­star.com.au

A PROJECT worth $8.2 mil­lion would help safe­guard the Lis­more com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to Deputy Premier John Bar­i­laro who an­nounced the project yes­ter­day.

Mr Bar­i­laro said the plan was “shovel ready” and would help make Lis­more bet­ter pre­pared for fu­ture flood events.

He said the $8.2 mil­lion fund­ing would help to safe­guard the com­mu­nity, in­crease dis­as­ter re­silience and boost busi­ness con­fi­dence.

Stage one of the Lis­more Flood Mit­i­ga­tion plan in­volves the ex­ca­va­tion of 410,000 cu­bic me­tres of soil from be­hind the air­port in or­der to chan­nel Leyces­ter Creek over­flow into the flood plain.

This means the over­flow will travel around Lis­more Air­port be­fore re-en­ter­ing the river sys­tem be­low the city.

“Lis­more City Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity have worked to­gether with the NSW Gov­ern­ment on flood pre­ven­tion fol­low­ing the re­cov­ery ef­fort,” he said.

“That is the rea­son this project has al­ready re­ceived the nec­es­sary ap­provals and is shovel ready.”

The min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by Lis­more Mp Thomas Ge­orge, Na­tion­als’ can­di­date for Lis­more Austin Curtin and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rous County Coun­cil, Lis­more Coun­cil, Lis­more Busi­ness Cham­ber and the Lis­more Cit­i­zens Flood Re­view.

“This an­nounce­ment would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the ef­forts of Austin Curtin, whose flood cam­paign re­in­forced to the gov­ern­ment there was com­mu­nity sup­port for this project,” Mr Ge­orge said.

In March 2017, Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie de­liv­ered ex­treme rain­fall across north­ern NSW towns, caus­ing the Wil­son River to peak at 11.6 me­tres and breach the flood levee, re­sult­ing in two-me­tre high flood­wa­ters en­gulf­ing the Lis­more CBD.

“The com­mu­nity, lo­cal busi­nesses, Lis­more City Coun­cil, emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teers, the NSW Gov­ern­ment Flood Re­cov­ery co­or­di­na­tor and sup­port ser­vices did an in­cred­i­ble job get­ting the re­gion back on its feet,” Mr Ge­orge said.

“This ex­ca­va­tion will hope­fully give all stake­hold­ers more time to as­sess their evac­u­a­tion op­tions in fu­ture flood events.”

The coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager, Shel­ley Old­ham said the fund­ing was great news and would be a sig­nif­i­cant at­trac­tion to as­sure new busi­nesses to the city.

“I think Lis­more is full of la­tent po­ten­tial and a prob­lem has been the flood, it’s a con­fi­dence fac­tor,” she said.

“Now we are def­i­nitely open for busi­ness and look­ing at de­vel­op­ing a broad and long-reach­ing devel­op­ment strat­egy and think­ing about the busi­ness we want to at­tract here.”

FLOOD FUND­ING: Deputy Premier John Bar­i­laro (third left) was in Lis­more to an­nounce flood fund­ing. From left, Austin Curtin, Shel­ley Old­ham, Thomas Ge­orge, Cr Bill Moorhouse, Mayor Isaac Smith, LCCI pres­i­dent Rod­ney Jenk­ins and Rous Coun­try Coun­cil chair Keith Wil­liams.

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