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Securing Echuca against flood

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October 12, 2017

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, undertake 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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