Better drainage, a key element to protecting houses and businesses and


Moira Shire Council has released plans to protect homes and businesses, while allowing for future development in Yarrawonga within the comprehensive Yarrawonga West Drainage Draft Master Plan.

The Yarrawonga West Drainage Draft Master Plan aims to protect our urban, industrial, and rural areas from significant storm events, is now available for community feedback.

To effectively manage flood risks, the draft master plan includes the development of additional retention basins and wetlands. These key components are designed to handle stormwater, reduce flood risks and improve environmental outcomes.

Council’s CEO Matthew Morgan said enhancing community resilience through infrastructure planning was a key focus for Council.

“We’re in the final stages of planning for the Numurkah Flood Levee for example, and the release of the Yarrawonga West Drainage Plan shows our commitment to addressing these issues across the district,” Mr Morgan said.

“Council’s priority is to safeguard homes and businesses from severe weather events, like flooding and the draft master plan identifies flood-prone areas, develops effective flood prevention measures, and ensures new developments meet required drainage standards. By creating this comprehensive plan, Council aims to reduce flooding risks and support sustainable growth in Yarrawonga.

“Council understands the impact storm flooding has on the community and is committed to implementing positive changes through this master plan. Community input is valuable in ensuring the plan meets the needs of all residents and helps prevent future flooding events.”

Initial estimates show that more than $12M into drainage infrastructure is required to deliver the master plan. To deliver the plan, there will need to be a robust funding strategy which may include a combination of funding from other levels of government, as well as developer contributions and Council.

Residents can view copies of the draft master plan online or request a printed version at Council’s Customer Service Centres. Council staff will be available to discuss the draft masterplan with the Yarrawonga community at the Town Hall, between 9am and 4.30pm on Friday 14, Friday 21, and Friday 28 June.

Community feedback is important to help shape a safer, more resilient Yarrawonga. Feedback can be submitted online at until Sunday 30 June.

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