Funding to support full flood study

Published: 11 Dec 2018 8:35am

Floodplain residents will be better protected from flood risks in North Wagga Wagga thanks to a $156,000 grant from the NSW Government.

Wagga Wagga City Council has welcomed the grant that will fund a feasibility study on how best to protect residents exposed to risk from the Wagga floodplain.

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey OAM said Council welcomes the funding and will continue consultation with residents about flood protection.

“The funding is timely as Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade project nears completion and Stage 2 works are scheduled to start on 7 January 2018,” Cr Conkey said.

Wagga Wagga-based MLC, Wes Fang, said recent storm and flash flooding activity across the south of the state shows the need to prepare the community now for future weather events.

“This funding allows council to better understand local needs and create a safer community into the future,” Mr Fang said.
“Ultimately, this means we’ll all have a better understanding of the potential risks so mitigation plans can be developed and at the ready should the worst happen.

“With summer now underway, this is a timely opportunity to fortify our future by protecting local residents, properties and infrastructure moving forward.”

The Government has provided $1.8 million in 2018-2019 to fund a number of projects, including the study for Wagga Wagga City Council, as part of the Floodplain Grants Scheme.

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