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Flood fix nears end

Monday December 3, 2012 - 11:53 EDT

The Northern Grampians Shire says three-quarters worth of its flood restoration works have been completed.

The shire was hit by floods in late 2010 and early 2011 which caused $22 million worth of damage to roads, drains, fences and bridges.

Mayor Wayne Rice says the current repair process will not protect the shire from future floods but he says he is pursuing extra funding to better flood-proof local infrastructure.

"We've been able to look at a lot of these things and then go back to the Government and say if we restore it to the way it was, we're going to face the same problem the next year or the year after," he said.

"We need to do some flood mitigation work at the same time.

"So in some cases the smaller jobs, they've been approved but if it comes to major flood mitigation and it's a big dollar project, you could be talking millions of dollars."

The council has repaired 75 per cent of the damage caused by flooding in 2010 and 2011 in the Grampians, Stawell, Marnoo and Greater Western districts.

Councillor Rice says his shire has reworked its budget to help in repairing Joel Joel, which was flooded last December.

"Most people haven't received any flood funding so that's made it very difficult," he said.

"We've had to work that in through our council budget and through other areas.

"We've had good support from the State Government but we didn't get any support out of the Federal Government. We're continuing to push that with the Federal Government."


- ABC

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