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Corop Lakes Flood Scoping Study begins

Friday 13 April, 2012
A series of significant rainfall events in late 2010, early 2011 and more recently in late February 2012 led to extensive and prolonged flooding across parts of Victoria. The Corop Lakes area was one of the regions to experience flooding during these periods.

A series of significant rainfall events in late 2010, early 2011 and more recently in late February 2012 led to extensive and prolonged flooding across parts of Victoria. The Corop Lakes area was one of the regions to experience flooding during these periods.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), in partnership with the Campaspe Shire Council and Goulburn-Murray Water, has commissioned the Corop Lakes Flood Scoping Study to investigate the extent to which flooding impacts on the study area. This study area is shown on the map below. The Goulburn Broken CMA has appointed consultants GHD to undertake the study.

It is expected that the Scoping Study will provide an improved understanding of flooding conditions as well as identify those man-made features which are having a significant influence on flooding (e.g. irrigation channels, drains, roads etc). The Study will also provide the Goulburn Broken CMA with information to assess possible measures to reduce future flood impacts.

The Steering Committee for the Corop Lakes Flood Scoping Study met on Wednesday 22nd February at the Corop Community Centre. The meeting proved to be quite timely as it was held just five days before a reasonably significant flood event in the area.

The meeting was followed by an informal tour of the study area. The meeting provided an overview of the project and looked at the community network to best inform the community about the project and capture flood issues and information.

During April and May, a questionnaire is being distributed to landholders within the study area to provide the Goulburn Broken CMA with a better understanding of flooding conditions and impacts. Any local knowledge that accumulated from observing past floods will assist the Goulburn Broken CMA with the assessment.

There will also be an opportunity for landholders to meet directly with the consultants as individuals or alternatively as a group (up to a maximum 6 people) to discuss flooding issues within the study area. Appointments can be made for either Tuesday, 8 May 2012 at the Corop Lakes Community Centre between 12.00noon-9.00pm or Wednesday, 9 May 2012 at the Colbinabbin Community Hall between 12.00noon-9.00pm by contacting the Goulburn Broken CMA office on 5820 1100.

Photo:  Corop Lakes Flood study Steering Committee on tour at Two Tree road Swamp.

Figure:  Corop Lakes Study Area Plan