Rochester Flood Study And Mitigation Plan Underway

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Campaspe Shire Council launched the review of the Rochester Flood Study and Mitigation Plan at its meeting on Tuesday night.

The project, funded with $895,000 from Department of Energy Environment and Climate Action, aims to update and extend 2013 flood modelling to better understand and mitigate flood risks. It will include modelling of the Campaspe River and breakout flows from downstream of Lake Eppalock to the Murray River, assessing both existing and proposed mitigation works. The study will also incorporate findings from the state government’s Lake Eppalock Technical Assessment Report to explore additional protective measures for Rochester.

Campaspe Shire Mayor Rob Amos said that the community would be heartened to hear this project is underway.

“This project represents a significant step forward in enhancing Rochester’s resilience to future flood events.

“We will be undertaking significant community and stakeholder engagement, both internal and external and this will play a crucial role in shaping the study’s outcomes.

“Community input will be sought through various channels, ensuring that local knowledge and concerns are thoroughly considered,” said the Mayor.

The report to Council outlined a robust governance and management framework. This includes the establishment of a Project Control Group comprising key stakeholders such as the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Victorian State Emergency Service, and Goulburn Murray Water. Additionally, as well as a Flood Study Reference Committee to provide local input and guidance throughout the study process.

“The Flood Study Reference Committee will act as a sounding board to ensure all important aspects of the study are considered.

“It will provide a focus for discussion of technical, social, cultural, economic and environmental issues and a link to the community in relation to flood risk and management issues.”

“We encourage involvement by community representatives including representatives from commerce and industry, flood affected landowners, community organisations and anyone else with relevant local knowledge.

“There will be a variety of ways that people will be able to be involved including online surveys, hard copy feedback and in person sessions.

Expressions of Interest will shortly open to establish the Flood Study Reference Committee. To apply, visit the Now Open section of our website, or contact Council on 1300 666 535.

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