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Flood levee update

Newstead cyclists

Thursday 19 April 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has endorsed six levee designs in and around Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Newstead to protect nearby residents from flooding.

The finalised levee designs are at Newstead, Castlemaine (at the Elizabeth Street bridge area and Castlemaine Central Cabins and Van Park), Campbells Creek (at National School Lane, Campbells Creek Bowling Club area and minor works at Alexandrea Street bridge).

Council’s Acting Director Sustainable Development Rebecca Stockfeld thanked the community for their feedback and said it was clear that Gingell Street designs needed further thought.

“We still need further design work on a levee that will protect the northern and southern areas of Gingell Street in Castlemaine,” said Ms Stockfeld.

“Our team will continue to come up with options that are functional but have less of a visual impact,” she said.

While levees are an effective way to protect homes, businesses and public assets from flooding, they are expensive to build.

“We estimate the cost of building the levees around Castlemaine and Campbells Creek is about $3.5 million, and $500,000 for the Newstead levee,” said Ms Stockfeld.

“This is a considerable sum for Council and it is imperative that we secure funding from state and federal government to help protect our community.”

Council seeks to source funding to cover two-thirds of the cost of the projects.

A timeline for levee construction will be clearer once funding opportunities are explored.

“In the meantime we’ll continue to work on design options for Gingell Street and will be back in touch with the community for their feedback,” said Ms Stockfeld.

Image: Six flood levee plans have been endorsed at Council including one at Newstead.

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