OVERGROWN: Swamp Creek from Bob Wells Bridge in Fourth Street, Weston.Two local floodplain management projects have been given a boost after Cessnock City Council obtained grants from theOffice of Environment and Heritage.
Council received$100,000 for flood mitigation works in Swamp Creek, including environmental investigations and design; and$33,333 to investigate and design aflood warning system for Wollombi.
The funding has been welcomed by council, which wasinitially placed on a reserve list after missing out on funding in the first round.
Council’s strategic asset planning manager Stephen Long said the funding will allow priority projects for Swamp Creek and Wollombi Brook to move forward.
RISING FAST: Flooding at Paynes Crossing on January 6, 2016. Picture: Wollombi Valley Fire and Flood (Facebook).
“These projects were identified as priorities in our floodplain risk management plans and will further assist with our focus to minimise risk for residents affected by flooding,” Mr Long said.
“Further investigations are currently underway for the Swamp Creek project and we will keep applying for grant assistance to support this project.”
Five other funding applications have been submitted to the Office of Environment andHeritage for consideration in the 2016/17 Floodplain Management Program, including access to the voluntary house raising (VHR) scheme for Swamp Creek and Cessnock City.
The VHR scheme would target the Abermain and Weston sections of Swamp Creek and the South Cessnock area of Black Creek, potentially giving affected residents access to the VHR funding pool.
Design and investigation for a proposed bund wall in South Cessnock and the Greta/Anvil Creek Flood Study have also been included in funding applications.
Future funding applications will be submitted to the Office ofEnvironment andHeritage once subsequent investigation and design phases have been completed.
Meanwhile, replacement of Abermain’sFrame Drive bridge –which has been closed since the April 2015 flood–is a step closer, with preparation works starting on site.
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