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Tender looms for Kerang flood levee

Thursday November 8, 2012 - 09:23 EDT

The Gannawarra Shire says the tender process to build a permanent flood levee around Kerang is almost ready to start.

Kerang was badly hit during the floods early last year but temporary levees managed to save the town from total inundation.

The Victorian Government has confirmed funding for the next stage of the levee works.

Mayor Neville Goulding says the shire's priority is to secure and improve levees to protect northern Victorian communities from future flooding.

"We're down the track, a fair way down the track of the planning of that levee but still some work to be done and so that will continue," he said.

"Once we've got that organised that tender can be let as well."

An announcement about flood mapping at Dunolly is expected today.

Rochester

Meanwhile, a support service for flood-affected people in Rochester will continue to run until next year.

The State Government is putting another $36,000 into the program to offer 15 families practical and psychosocial support.

The Nationals' Member for Rodney, Paul Weller, says the service was due to finish this month but now it will continue until May.

"We're hopeful that as the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has said, that by May next year hopefully the 15 remaining families have worked through the issues that they have and hopefully after that there won't be a need for a counselling support program post May next year," he said.


- ABC

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