Council awaits flood studies
THE Central Highlands Regional Council took its first steps to halt possible developments in known flood areas on Monday.
The CHRC resolved to defer consideration of all development applications within flood-prone regions until information was available on the depth of inundation experienced on the property and the impacts that work would have on joining and adjacent properties.
That time would not likely be until results were in from two flood studies being conducted at the council’s request. They are due by the end of the year.
“I have a serious problem with approving these types of developments at a time like this,” Mayor Peter Maguire said.
“Some of us might not be here when the next big event happens, but some poor council further down the line will be dealing with it if we don’t do something about it now.
“Developers need to know… and we have to start somewhere on this issue.
“As far as I am concerned this is what we have to do.”