Campaspe Shire Council Mayor, Chief Executive Officer and Director Emergency Management met with the Minister for Emergency Services, Jaclyn Symes, to discuss Council’s key flood recovery advocacy priorities and plans to execute recovery works.

Campaspe Shire Council Mayor, Rob Amos, said in the meeting a range of issues important to the successful recovery of the impacted communities were discussed.

“These issues ranged from the need for continued funding for community wellbeing and repair of community infrastructure to strengthening our shire’s flood preparedness, mitigation measures and response capability,” Mayor Amos said. 

Key advocacy priorities discussed at the meeting included:

  • Funding for dedicated flood recovery positions to enable Council to deliver flood recovery activities without impacting business-as-usual services to the community
  • Funding to review and update the Rochester Flood Plan, which will enable potential future flood mitigation measures, warning systems and triggers to be developed based on the latest information
  • A commitment of continued funding for long-term support services for residents impacted by the floods
  • Funding for a new Rochester aquatic facility to replace the destroyed Rochester swimming pool. The facility is highly valued by the community, not only for local swimming events and activities but also as an important social hub that supports the health and wellbeing of the community

Funding for stages two and three of the Aquatic Reserve Open Spaces Project will provide:

  • Accessible and shared paths with town linkages
  • Safety improvements including path balustrades, path lighting and landscaped exclusion zones
  • Event services including, three phase electrical connections, path and space lighting, and drinking water tap points
  • Sheltered accessible BBQs, picnic settings and seats
  • Improved irrigation and landscaping
  • Feature lighting including flood lighting and up-lighting of trees

Emergency Management Victoria will approve Council’s application for funding via the Australian Government’s Disaster Ready Fund. 

Council’s application seeks funding for:

  • Review and updating of the Echuca Moama Torrumbarry Flood Study
  • Preparation of a Flood Risk Management Plan
  • Purchase of demountable levee panels, among other things

“The Victorian Government has already supported some of Council’s flood recovery advocacy priorities, such as investigating solutions to mitigate flooding caused by overflow spillage from Lake Eppalock, and we hope that our most recent discussions lead to more positive announcements in the future,” Mayor Amos said. 

1 Comment
  1. Kay coghill 1 year ago

    Something needs to be done about lake Eppalock water levels going into winter. At present it is at approx 90% far too high going into winter Eppalock was built to mitigate flooding down river and there is a precedent that 55% should be maximum goi g into winter. Getting scary at present levels. 2022 bad enough but if not drained down not sure what will happen to Rochester and even down to Echuca
    Pri Ken needs to be addressed immediately.

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