Central Highlands council tight-lipped on levees

FLOOD RISK: The submerged bridge and railway line in Emerald during 2010 flooding.
FLOOD RISK: The submerged bridge and railway line in Emerald during 2010 flooding. File

THE Central Highlands council is standing firm on its decision not to release a controversial flood report for public scrutiny - for now.

Mayor Peter Maguire said the contents of the AECOM study, commissioned to provide a levee concept design, cost estimation and recommended land resumptions, were still being digested.

Affected landowners are yet to be advised of its contents as part of the consultation process.

Cr Maguire could not put a deadline on when those meetings would take place.

"We won't know that timeline until end of the month maybe," he said.

"The report will be released, contrary to some people's scaremongering.

"Just honestly, we need to talk to affected residents."

Councillors again went behind closed doors last Wednesday for a detailed briefing on its contents.

Cr Maguire said the decision was taken at the recent council meeting to work through the report.

There are more briefing sessions scheduled.

"Also we will be talking to the affected people first to advise them what council is proposing and get their views, then release this to the rest of the community," Cr Maguire said.

The report makes it clear the councillors face "some important decisions" about the town's future.

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