A FEASIBILITY report detailing the implications of constructing levees and diverting water flows in Rochester has been released for public comment.
This is the last remaining action in the Rochester Flood Management Plan.
Campaspe Shire mayor Adrian Weston said the report titled Feasibility Report - Rochester Flood Mitigation Study investigates ways to prevent a repeat of the devastating flood events from 2011.
Following the floods, the North Central Catchment Management Authority and council completed the Rochester Flood Management Plan.
“The first two actions from this plan are complete. That is the replacement of a levee bank about 5.7km south of Rochester and installation of a flood warning system including new river gauge at the Campaspe River,’’ Cr Weston said.
“The third action involved the reinstatement of a breakaway flood flow path from the Campaspe River to the east and construction of additional levee banks.
‘‘This was identified as the best option to limit the flooding of Rochester.”
The plan recommended these works in concept only and recommended further investigation into the impact of the works outside the Rochester township.
This additional work is now complete, with the feasibility report detailing the further research completed, the implications for areas to the east of Rochester and the additional works necessary to manage flooding along the diversion path.
“We recognise this is very technical, but it is important for the Rochester and surrounding community to take a look at the recommended works and associated flooding implications in the feasibility report and comment whether they are prepared to accept them,” Cr Weston said.
“Works will only be put forward for funding if a clear majority of the community is in favour.
‘‘It is critical the community reviews the information and makes an informed yes or no to works proceeding.”
The feasibility report has identified the best way to protect Rochester and limit the impact of flooding on properties along the Nanneella Depression.
It states that the works may not be economically feasible, however council needs to consider the associated social and environmental impacts of the works.
“This is where it is important that we get the views of the community on the value and cost of the proposal put forward,’’ Cr Weston said.
‘‘To assist the community we are planning to host an information session as well as ‘in the street’ sessions to speak with residents.’’
■Information session: Wednesday, November 1.
Two sessions – 2.30pm and 7pm at the Rochester Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.
The consultant will present an overview of the feasibility study and its implications.
■In the street sessions: Thursday, November 9.
This will be held from 11am to 2pm on Mackay St, Rochester.
Staff will be available to speak to residents about the study.
The sessions are aimed at explaining the investigations completed and gaining community comment so that council can assess the overall level of support for the option identified as the best available.
“Residents can feed their comments back to council either through an online survey or in writing,” Cr Weston said.
The online survey will be activated following the first information session.
Comments close Friday, November 17, with a report summarising the community’s comment due at the February 20, 2018 council meeting.
Further information is available at campaspe.vic.gov.au/rochesterstudy and at the Rochester Customer Service Centre.