Flood info sessions planned

THE Central Highlands Regional Council, in conjunction with the Flood Recovery Co-ordination Group, is planning to bring flood information sessions to residents, with the first planned for the Emerald community on Monday, March 28.

“We did this after the 2008 floods, and they were very well received by the community,” said CHRC Mayor Peter Maguire.

“Council will be inviting a number of key organisations to prepare information for the sessions, and all members of the recovery group will be there to explain their role and the work they have been focussing on to date, and their plans for the future.”

The meeting will start at 5.30pm to allow business people and retailers to attend.

“The recovery group and council will also be bringing similar information sessions to other affected communities like Rolleston in the near future.”

The Mayor said while council was pleased that the Federal Government had extended the Category D funding to include the area’s affected rural property owners, the announcement may have come too late for some.

“This increase in the loan amount that people can apply for is welcome, but the impact of the floods on our farmers and other primary industries has already had a detrimental impact for up to three months in some areas. We are working hard to assist farmers by getting roads in the region repaired, but it is an enormous undertaking.”

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