A $300000 flood study covering the Murray River between Barmah and Torrumbarry will be used to update flood information in surrounding areas and ascertain how current infrastructure handles varying flood conditions.
The study, which will be funded by Campaspe Shire Council, North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will be used to upgrade flood information to assist in managing the growth of Echuca and Moama.
It will also be used to model the performance of the Torrumbarry rural levees following concerns from local landowners regarding the maintenance and responsibilities of the levee system, and the Guttrum-Benwell state forests environmental management levees under varying flood conditions.
‘‘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,’’ Campaspe Shire Mayor Adrian Weston said.
‘‘Once the draft flood study is complete, the wider community will be asked for comment.
‘‘A community advisory committee will be put together which will potentially include farmers and other community members to try and get local knowledge as much as possible.’’
The study will be headed by representatives from each of the four authorities — Murray River Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Campaspe Shire Council, with a community reference group to be established to capture local knowledge.
Mr Weston said the flood study could have the potential to inform constraints between Barmah and the Torrumbarry Weir, and would explore the potential of using Murray-Darling Basin Authority information that had already been gathered.