Have your say on flood studies

By Country News

Residents from various towns across north-east Victoria have a chance to contribute to the formation of local flood studies for the Goulburn and Broken areas this month.

Work is starting on a flood study for the Broken River floodplain (Lake Nillahcootie to East Goulburn Main Channel), Goulburn River floodplain (Lake Eildon to Toolamba), rural areas (excluding Benalla, Seymour, Murchison and Shepparton) and large floods.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority will be holding a series of drop-in sessions this month, which will allow the authority to understand how communities are affected during significant rain events.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said the study was designed to improve the GBCMA’s understanding and planning for a 100-year flood.

‘‘These drop-in sessions are an opportunity for locals to share their own knowledge of flood events or close encounters over recent years,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It is important the catchment management authority hears about how our communities are affected in times of flooding and extreme rain events.

‘‘I encourage anyone interested to try and make it to one of the drop-in sessions.’’

If you are unable to make it to a drop-in session, you can still contribute feedback via a form online at www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or by phoning 58227700.

A session was held on February 12 at Nagambie.

The other sessions include:

■Toolamba — on Tuesday, February 13 from 4pm to 8pm at Toolamba Community Centre, Toolamba Recreation Reserve Site, Wren St, Toolamba.

■Benalla — on Wednesday, February 14 from 4pm to 8pm at the Pat Claridge room, Benalla Library, 2 Fawckner Dve, Benalla.

■Molesworth — on Thursday, February 15 from 4pm to 8pm at Molesworth Public Hall, 4355 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Molesworth.

■Trawool — on Friday, February 16 from 4pm to 8pm at the Committee Room, Trawool Valley Resort, 8150 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Trawool.