Seaspray flood study

At the announcement of funding for the Seaspray flooding study are (from left) Ron Smith, Wellington Shire deputy mayor Patrick McIvor, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority chairman Angus Hume, John Morgan, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Diana Teo.THE Seaspray community will be better protected and informed about its flood risk, with a study to begin soon.

The flood mitigation and flood mapping survey for the coastal town will begin following the announcement of $70,000 investment.

The state government will contribute $52,200 through its FloodZoom program, while the federal government will put forward $7800 through its Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme.

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will contribute $10,000 and manage the project alongside Wellington Shire Council.

It will be the third flood mitigation and flood mapping survey to be funded by the state and federal governments and the catchment management authority, following Rosedale and the Traralgon Creek, with another to come for Tinamba.

Announcing the funding on Friday, Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the study would develop models to help understand and predict the extent, depth, speed and potential effects of a range of floods.

“As locals would know, Seaspray is vulnerable to flooding as a result of high storm water flows into Merrimans Creek and a study carried out in 2010 found that current flood mapping for the town is unreliable and out of date,” he said.

“The findings of this flood investigation will be incorporated into the Wellington Shire Council’s planning scheme and will give town planners, emergency service workers and the Seaspray community a better understanding of flood behaviour.”

Mr Ryan said Seaspray had about 320 permanent residents and that number increased significantly during summer to more than 1000.

“Therefore it’s important we have detailed modelling to ensure the town is adequately prepared for potential floods,” he said.

Wellington Shire deputy mayor Patrick McIvor said it was important for council to get the right information to protect the community.

“What this is going to enable us to do is actually have the right information so when we put future plans in place, when we’re planning for emergencies, when we’re planning for the growth and development of Seaspray, we can do so in an appropriate, safe manner,” he said.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme was designed to encourage input from locals.

“Many communities already have extensive local knowledge when it comes to flooding and the disruption and damage these events can cause,” he said.

“The (scheme) allows communities and authorities to build on this local knowledge, so that everybody has access to the same information before the next flood event happens.

“Flooding is a reality of living in Gippsland, but with the right information our communities have a better chance of ensuring any property or land damage is minimised.”

“Community consultation is a key element of this project and residents will have the chance to offer their input,” Mr Chester said.

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