The Numurkah Floodplain Management Study Community Reference Group has launched a Numurkah Floodplain Management Study and plan summary report for community feedback.
The summary report details the proposals and explains the reasons why the CRG has identified one option — option A — as the preferred flood mitigation option for Numurkah.
Moira Shire Council’s infrastructure general manager Andrew Close said the study was released prior to Christmas so community members could pick up a copy, consider the proposals and talk it through with members of the group before they began the more structured community meetings and information sessions in late February next year.
The group’s preferred mitigation option proposes permanent levees to protect homes, businesses and community facilities within a levee system north and south of Broken Creek.
‘‘In 2012 when Numurkah — and in particular the hospital — was inundated, Moira Shire Council, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and members of the Numurkah community came together to investigate flood mitigation options,’’ Mr Close said.
A total of 15 different flood mitigation options were developed and modelled to assess their upstream and downstream impact and benefits before the final three were settled upon.
Almost $200000 has been spent to complete the study to date with the Victorian Government contributing about $150000.
The plan proposes three options for flood mitigation with each option made up of a combination of levees and other flood mitigation.
■Community members can contact the following CRG members to discuss the report and share their ideas: Peter Sprunt on 0458 005 255, Colin Pendlebury on 0428 576 926 or Ray Thornton on 0438 641 185.
Copies of the Numurkah Floodplain Management Study summary document are available from Numurkah Newsagency, the Numurkah Visitor Information Centre and from Council’s website at www.moira.vic.gov.au