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Goulburn Broken CMA urges caution around waterways following flooding

Tuesday 14 September, 2010
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is urging landholders seeking to undertake works on flood affected waterways to seek advice from the CMA prior to commencing work.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is urging landholders seeking to undertake works on flood affected waterways to seek advice from the CMA prior to commencing work.

Landholders seeking assistance for damage to the waterway as a result of the floods are encouraged to call the Goulburn Broken CMA to arrange a site assessment.

Works will be prioritised and will be programmed in line with Guidelines set out for Natural Disaster Assistance for river health and asset protection, that is, to protect public assets, river health assets and CMA constructed river assets.

Landholders who experience loss of private infrastructure and erosion on private land that does not threaten public assets are unlikely to be covered by emergency response and any funding.

Landholders who wish to undertake emergency works themselves may do so under guidance of a Goulburn Broken CMA Project Officer, and the Goulburn Broken CMA will fast track permits. This may include the removal of debris to mitigate scouring or further scouring, and clearing blocked culverts and drains. Activities including interference with flow, river banks and construction of levee banks is strictly not permitted.

Landowners who undertake works without CMA approval, will not be reimbursed for this activity, and may be contravening the Works on Waterways Bylaw.

The Goulburn Broken CMA is currently developing an application to Government for funding to support works and activities to address the impact of the recent flood events.

For further information please contact the Goulburn Broken CMA on 03 5820 1100.