Yarrawonga Chronicle

Floodplain members and consultant­s

- BY ROBERT MUIR

Three community members have been appointed as representa­tives on the Floodplain Risk Management Committee for the Corowa, Howlong and Mulwala Flood Study project.

Corowa’s Geoff Lewis, John Skinner from Howlong and Mulwala’s Ross McHenry were unanimousl­y chosen by Federation Council at council’s monthly August meeting where the consultant­s were also named.

“The contract has been let to WMAwater and work will be commencing in September/ October,” council’s director developmen­t and environmen­tal services Susan Appleyard advised.

“The consultant­s will be subject to strict contract conditions and a fixed lump sum fee.”

Ms Appleyard said WMAwater has a good working knowledge of flooding in the Murray River and its tributarie­s as the company has been involved in studies in Albury and are currently working on the Berrigan Shire Council’s flood study.

“The company is also completing the Villages Floodplain Study and plan for the northern villages of Boree Creek, Morundah, Oaklands, Rand and Urana,” she said.

The Floodplain Risk Committee is a steering committee set up to guide and oversee the consultant­s engaged by council to undertake the flood study project.

Under the process outlined by the NSW

Government Floodplain Developmen­t Manual, a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is establishe­d by the local council to oversee and direct the preparatio­n and implementa­tion of floodplain risk management plans.

The committee consists of council staff representa­tives (e.g. typically engineerin­g and planning), key government agency representa­tives (e.g. typically DPIE and SES), councillor­s and local community representa­tives.

The Corowa, Howlong and Mulwala Flood Study encompasse­s an assessment of flooding conditions and impacts at the three towns.

Mr Skinner has a technical background suited to the technical nature of this flood study project.

Mr Lewis is a former long serving council staff engineer who possesses a good knowledge of flooding conditions at Corowa and current infrastruc­ture and measures taken in flooding events.

Mr McHenry is a resident of Mulwala and a former staff member of council on the utilities sector, and has a very good knowledge of infrastruc­ture in and around Mulwala.

Councillor representa­tives are Cr Paul Miegel (Corowa), Cr David Longley (Howlong) and for Mulwala, Crs Bronwyn Thomas and Andrew Kennedy. Council staff will be represente­d by the Ms Appleyard and the director of engineerin­g services Steve Carmichael. Local Environmen­tal Groups are invited to provide a representa­tive.

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