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EMERGENCY RESOURCES ON THE WAY

October 08, 2016

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she has been assured further emergency resources are on the way to the flood affected Moira region.

It follows the breach of the levee bank at Ulupna Island.

“I have been speaking with the Premier’s office, and in direct contact with Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley.

“Mr Lapsley told me he is taking steps to ensure the area is adequately resourced to manage the flood emergency,” Ms Sheed said.

Ms Sheed attended the two community meetings today, at Strathmerton and Picola.

“I applaud the significant community leadership that has arisen from this emergency,” Ms Sheed said.

“Local residents have been up all night, using many of their own resources, in an attempt to stop the levee bank from breaching.

“This is because of their significant concerns of a lack of resources from emergency services.

“Residents have been raising concerns through my office, of the poor state of the levee banks, which have not been maintained for many years.

“There is also the construction of the NSW levees, which will make this a very different Murray River flood to any we have seen in the past.

“Residents also fear the significant debris through the National Parks will disrupt the water flow, putting further pressure on the levee banks for a longer period of time.

“These are concerns which I have been taking to the relevant authorities for the past fortnight, as the water levels have been rising and falling with the changing Hume Dam releases and weather conditions,” Ms Sheed said.

With the river yet to peak, Ms Sheed has urged residents to attend the next community meeting, to be held at the Barmah Public Hall at noon on Monday.

“Make sure you are talking to your neighbours to ensure everyone is well-informed, and listen to your emergency broadcaster,” Ms Sheed said.

Media contact

Sueanne McCumstie 0428 743 880│sueanne.mccumstie@parliament.vic.gov.au

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