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Final community meetings for Dunmunkle Creek Flood Investigation

Mar 23, 2017
 
Final community meetings

Extensive community input and learnings from a real-life flood event last September form the final recommendations of the Dunmunkle Creek Flood Investigation.

A community-based project steering committee is inviting people to one of four meetings this month where they will outline investigation findings and options for reducing future flood impact.

Meetings are on 

Tuesday March 21:

  • Rupanyup Football Clubrooms, 2pm
  • Boolite Hall, 6pm

Wednesday March 22:

  • Murtoa Mechanics Hall, 2pm
  • Lubeck Hall, 6pm

Dunmunkle Creek Flood Investigation - Final Meetings March 2017


Wimmera CMA flood officer Paul Fennell said the meetings provided an important opportunity for people living in the investigation area to hear recommendations and ask questions.

“More than two years of work has gone into this investigation, including a real flood event last September where we got to test preliminary flood modelling. As a result we were able to reduce the likely impact of this flood in the town of Rupanyup, and see what we can improve for future flood events,” Paul said.

“The community steering committee who oversaw the project has been invaluable in providing a really good understanding of flood impacts, and working with GWMWater and the three councils means we have covered a lot of potential issues.”

The investigation covers an area 20 kilometres wide and 80 kilometres long from Glenorchy in the south to Watchem in the north. Channel decommissioning for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project as well as urban drainage and flood impacts on rural properties are all part of the investigation.

“The area and scope of the investigation is quite large, so there has been a lot to cover. We are really keen to present options and recommendations of actions that will reduce risks of flooding, which is why we are encouraging as many people to get along to one of the meetings if they can,” Paul said.

Wimmera Catchment Management Authority has managed the project in partnership with GWMWater and Yarriambiack, Northern Grampians and Buloke shire councils. Water Technology, who has extensive experience in flood investigations, is the project consultant.