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Shire makes another bid for flood study funds

Thursday May 9, 2013 - 10:59 EST

The Yarriambiack Shire says its partnerships with local water authorities may help it secure funding for flood studies.

The shire was one of many badly affected by severe floods in 2011.

It was previously rejected for two flood studies, at Warracknabeal and Rupanyup, but is applying again this month.

The Wimmera Catchment Management Authority says a study for Warracknabeal would be between $50,000 and $100,000, while Dunmunkle Creek at Rupanyup would cost about $300,000.

Mayor Kylie Zanker says the studies would help the shire deal with future flood events.

"It just gives us that scope and opportunity to know where we're heading to make sure that we can plan for diversions of water, culverts, roads, bridging is another one, the weir gates at the south end of Warracknabeal is another one," she said.

"We've been able to know from that information and studies how to prepare better for the future.

"Look, obviously Rupanyup was one of our major hit towns when we were flooded, so to actually have that underlying knowledge as to know where the water runs, where it sits so that we can actually best position ourselves for floods or goodness forbid, too much water in the future.

"It's just great to be able to have that background information so we're on the forward foot and prepared next time."


- ABC

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