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Castlemaine Botanical Gardens flood

The community is invited to come along and see the designs of six levees that will provide better flood protection to Castlemaine and Campbells Creek.

Thursday 8 June 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council invites the community to come along and view the designs for six flood levees for Campbells Creek and Castlemaine, which will provide a better level of protection for the towns.

A drop in session will be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 20 June at the Ray Bradfield Room in Castlemaine.

“The information session will give residents the chance to view the detailed designs for the flood levees, find out more about proposed works and ask our engineers any questions,” said Jason Taylor, Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The planned levees are part of the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan, adopted by Council in 2015. The plan was developed by the North Central Catchment Management Authority, with support from Council, technical contributions from various statutory agencies and input from community representatives.

Following further investigation and community consultation, Council has worked with engineers to prepare the detailed designs for the Castlemaine and Campbells Creek Flood Mitigation Treatments.

The plan includes designs and specifications for:
• Construction of a levee at the northern end of Gingell Street
• Construction of a levee at the southern end of Gingell Street
• Construction of a levee adjacent to the Castlemaine Central Cabin and Van Park
• Upgrade and extension of the existing Elizabeth Street levee
• Upgrade and extension of the existing Campbells Creek township levee
• Reinstatement of an existing levee near National School Lane
• Waterway improvement works downstream of the Alexandra Street Bridge, Campbells Creek.

“The flood event experienced in January 2011 is believed to be the highest flood in the area on record,” said Mr Taylor.

“Council is progressing all 10 recommendations in the flood management plan to reduce the risk of future flooding and hardship to the community as a result of flood.

“We encourage residents, nearby businesses and users of the Campbells Creek and Barkers Creek trails to drop in and take a look at the proposed designs,” he said.

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session and would like more information please contact Marcus Goonan, Team Leader Engineering, on 5471 1706. The Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan is available from the Civic Centre in Castlemaine or from Council’s website.

Photo: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens under water.

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