An injection of $50,000 from the Victorian Government will give the Numurkah community confidence that the Numurkah Floodplain Management Study and Plan is as robust and comprehensive as possible, Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says.
Ms Sheed gave Environment, Climate Change and Water Minister Lisa Neville a detailed briefing that highlighted local feedback about the plan, including the concerns of Numurkah Flood Action Group.
“The minister has responded to me with the advice she has asked the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to provide Moira Shire with an additional $50,000 of funding,’’ Ms Sheed said.
“It has been given with the understanding that the Shire continues to work closely with the Numurkah community.”
Minister Neville told Ms Sheed the government remained committed to completing the study and understood the need to consider new information and the benefits of more conversation with the community and further technical work.
In her representations to the minister, Ms Sheed said at the August 2015 community meeting to look at a draft of the floodplain management plan she particularly noted discontent because people believed insufficient, and some incorrect, information was being relied upon.
“There were also serious concerns (among locals) that no workable option was being offered to protect the south end of Numurkah that was so badly affected in the 2012 flood,’’ Ms Sheed said.
“They pressed the point that the same thing would happen again without significant change to existing flood mitigation.”
Ms Sheed said Minister Neville commended the work of the Numurkah Flood Action Group, which had lobbied hard to reduce the town’s exposure to future flooding.
“I welcome the comments this week by Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland that more rigorous investigations have been commissioned and further community consultation will take place on the new concept early next year,” Ms Sheed said.