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Resources for Recovery Funds Allocated for repair of flood damage

Monday 28 November, 2011
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has received a boost to its Flood Recovery Program with the allocation of additional funding from the State Government.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has received a boost to its Flood Recovery Program with the allocation of additional funding from the State Government.

Wayne Tennant, Manager of River Health, has welcomed the announcement. “The new funding takes the total funding to just under $2 million dollars,” Mr Tennant said.

“The funding will be used to deliver a range of flood recovery works and repair waterways damaged byfloods in the past. The focus being in the upper Goulburn and Broken River catchments,” he continued.

While the works commenced initially early in the year, this funding provides security in addressing many of the remaining problem or damaged areas.

Many of the sites have undergone erosion control works, under the guidelines provided, with repair of flood damaged fencing, damaged works and the protection of public assets.

In addition the Goulburn Broken CMA has commenced a Flood Employment Initiative in the western part of the catchment. The Goulburn Broken CMA is working with members from the local community to deliver the program which includes riparian protection and fencing, weed control and removal, revegetation and cleaning of flood debris and rubbish in the waterways.

These works started on the ground in August and good progress has already been in made on a number of priority streams.

“This is a real win-win project where as well as developing new skills, the participants will produce really useful environmental outcomes in restoring the damage from last summer’s floods,” Mr Tennant said.

The delivery of the flood recovery program has strong support from local community groups and individual landowners. The program is also complimented by other river and wetland health projects throughout the catchment.

For more information please visit your local Goulburn Broken CMA office at Shepparton, Benalla or Yea or telephone 03 5820 1100.

 

For further information please contact:

Amanda McClaren, Communications and Marketing Manager

t: 03 5820 1117 m: 0459 023 640 e: amandam@gbcma.vic.gov.au