Flood protection coming for Quambatook

QUAMBATOOK is on its way to becoming flood-proof with a long-awaited project receiving disaster resilience funding. 

TEMPORARY. This gravel bank was all that stood between the Avoca River and Quambatook residents during major flooding in 2011.

TEMPORARY. This gravel bank was all that stood between the Avoca River and Quambatook residents during major flooding in 2011.

The $504,000 project to construct sections of permanent levee bank through the town has been funded through the National Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme.

Gannawarra Shire Council infrastructure and development director Geoff Rollinson said the Quambatook Township Flood Mitigation Works project was a recommendation of the Quambatook Flood Management Plan.

"The January 2011 flood event was the largest on record with approximately three kilometres of emergency temporary levee bank constructed to protect the township of Quambatook," he said.

"If no emergency action had been taken, the township would have been inundated, resulting in evacuation and up to $10 million in structural and economic damage."

The project is being supported by all levels of government with $125,000 from the Federal NDRGS program, $125,000 from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and $254,000 from Gannawarra Shire Council.

"Stage one of the project works will consist of constructing an earthen levee approximately one metre in height from the railway line to the Kerang-Quambatook Road," Mr Rollinson said. 

"Stage two works will include constructing a levee from Ninyeunook Road bend, east of the lawn cemetery, to meet with the railway line. "The stage two work is subject to future funding commitments which council will be seeking." 

The project will provide security from future flood events, including significantly reducing demand for an emergency response, including volunteers, in the instance of future flood events, providing the township of Quambatook with increased emergency management capability and capacity.

The works are expected to commence in November 2017.

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