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Council working to finalise levee bank designs

Campbells Creek in flood in 2011

Monday 18 May 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is working to finalise designs and approvals for its levee bank and waterway improvement project, which will provide better flood protection for households and businesses in Castlemaine and Campbells Creek.

Council is aiming to finalise the four levee bank designs and secure all required permits for the project next year.

“It’s a complicated process to obtain approvals for this kind of construction, as we need to liaise with and gain approval from agencies such as Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Dja Dja Wurrung, VicTrack, V/Line, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Heritage Victoria,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“This phase of the project is essentially seeking to get everything in place ahead of construction and to make recommendations to Council about the next steps,” said Ms Howard.

The levee banks project includes:

• 100m earthen and concrete levee at Central Cabins and Van Park in Castlemaine
• 430m earthen and concrete levee at Elizabeth Street in Castlemaine
• 580m earthen and concrete levee at Campbells Creek township
• 50m earthen levee at National School Lane in Campbells Creek
• Waterway improvements downstream of Alexandra Bridge in Campbells Creek.

Residents, tenants and business owners close to the levee banks will soon receive letters summarising the project and activities.

“This is an important project and we want to keep our community up to date, particularly those with properties adjoining the proposed levee sites and nearby residents who will benefit from these works,” said Ms Howard.

Rising creek levels from high intensity rainfall events have led to flooding of many homes and buildings over the years.

“Building levees and undertaking waterway improvements will make a big difference to reduce the impact of flooding on our community,” said Ms Howard.

“We will soon begin a survey of the levee sites to verify title boundaries and will work with property owners and DELWP, who are the Crown Land owners of the waterway, to resolve any land encroachment issues,” she said.

The project team will also update the costs associated with the levees and investigate possible state and federal grant opportunities.

Council will review the outcomes and recommendations from this phase of the project prior to proceeding with construction of some or all of the levee banks.

The levee banks project is the final component of recommendations from the Flood Management Plan, which Council adopted in 2015. Council endorsed conceptual designs for four levee banks and waterway works in February 2018, following extensive community consultation.

Council will continue to work closely with Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare Group on the planned waterway improvements, which will complement other conservation activities along creeks to improve water flow and remove weeds.

For more information about the project visit Council’s website www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/levees or contact Jason McClure, Project Engineer, on 5471 1700.

Image: Campbells Creek in flood in 2011.

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