New flood plan for Dunolly

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Plans will be set in place to safeguard Dunolly from flooding with a $156,750 boost from the state government.

Announced by Water Minister Peter Walsh in Dunolly yesterday, the flood management plan is the latest in a series of nine to be given the green light by the Baillieu Government in the wake of the January 2011 floods, which swept through much of the Central Victoria.

Dunolly was among the hardest hit communities in the Central Goldfields, with flash flooding inundating around 20 homes, cutting power supplies and leaving the town isolated for more than 24 hours.

The first step in developing the plan will be conducting an investigative review of flood mapping in the Dunolly township, in what will be a first for the area, before mitigation plans are set in place.

“The flood management plan will allow Dunolly to examine the feasibility of a range of potential flood mitigation options,” Mr Walsh said.

“To date, a flood study has not been undertaken for Dunolly.

“When the town experienced flash flooding, there was limited knowledge about the impact it would have.

“This funding will enable local councils to be better equipped to assess the impacts of floods as they develop and emergency services will be better placed to respond.”

The plan is expected to also involve a heavy phase of community consultation, with Dunolly residents likely to be given a chance to inject some local knowledge into mitigation options and planning.

The $165,000 project will be managed by the North Central Catchment Management Authority, with an additional $8250 contributed from the Commonwealth Government through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme.

The project is the second of its kind in the Central Goldfields, with findings from an identical project at Carisbrook likely to be released before the end of the year.

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