Flood study for a management plan

November 24, 2017

A FLOOD study will be conducted on both sides of the Murray River from Barmah to Torrumbarry in a combined effort to ensure the 2010-11 floods aren’t repeated.

Campaspe Shire Council will partner with the Murray River Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and the North Central Catchment Management Authority to conduct the study.

Council endorsed the framework for the project, known as the Echuca-Moama Torrumbarry Flood Study, at its meeting on Tuesday

“The study will be headed by representatives from each of the four authorities with a community reference group to be established to ensure local knowledge is captured and fed into the study,” Mayor Adrian Weston said.

The need for the study was triggered by the 2010-11 flood events which caused flooding around and within Echuca-Moama and the need to upgrade flooding information to assist in managing growth of the two towns.

Council received $200,000 from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to conduct a $300,000 study to update Echuca’s flood information.

As flooding does not just affect Echuca, approaches were made to the Murray River Council to seek to expand the study area to include the existing and future development areas of the combined Echuca-Moama townships.

Council also became aware of other proposed and funded studies in the region and the flood study area was expanded to capture flood effects from the Murray River, between Barmah and Torrumbarry.

Expansion of the project through to Torrumbarry captures concerns about the maintenance and responsibilities for the Torrumbarry levee system raised by local landowners.

“With the framework in place, we can now engage specialist engineers to carry out hydraulic and hydrological modelling, flood mapping and reporting to start the project,” Cr Weston said.

“Once the draft flood study is complete, the wider community will be asked for comment.”

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