Coonamble council frustrated over levee delaysRobyn Herron, Wednesday February 20, 2013 - 05:26 EDT
The Coonamble Shire Council says it is frustrated by the time it has taken to design a new flood levee.
The council's in the final stages of designing the reconstruction of the town's levee to withstand a one-in-one-hundred year flood.
The plan will see the levee on the eastern side of the Castlereagh River raised.
The Mayor, Tom Cullen says the entire project should have been finished by now, but has been held up by red-tape.
"That's the first step in our plan but the frustrating part is that it's taken so long, so many government departments, and so many consultants and so many people wasting time to get this far," he said.
"This should have been done years ago.
"This has been three or four years just to get this far in the planning stages.
"This is what's frustrating with the lack of government and government departments."
The Coonamble Shire Council says it cannot afford to raise the Castlereagh Highway, to protect it from flooding.
The Roads and Maritime Services has told designers the cost of raising the highway would be about $400,000 and similar work would be required on King Street and the Baradine Road.
Councillor Cullen says the council has opted instead for aluminium shutters to protect the roads.
"We don't want to go on the cost of raising highways and roads.
"So the $272,000 is going to go towards the gates, flood gates to mitigate the floods.
"That $272,000 thousand dollars is part of a $10 million upgrade for our levee.
"That's what it's going to cost and hopefully it's going to be a third federal, a third state and a third us."
© ABC 2013
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