Emerald flood study under wraps

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 AECOM study, considering the feasibility of levees in Emerald, has been handed to the Central Highlands Regional Council - but they aren't sharing it yet.

In Wednesday's council meeting, the councillors received a report from executive manager of disaster management and project delivery Bill Wilkinson which briefly outlined the study from consultancy firm AECOM, which included a concept design.

In the report from Mr Wilkinson, tabled to council, a brief summary of AECOM's findings was presented.

"The report indicates that levees are technically feasible and a viable flood mitigation solution for Emerald," Mr Wilkinson's report stated.

"The benefit cost analysis, the results of the geo-technical investigations and the hydraulic assessments all indicate the project is feasible and could proceed," it said.

"The levee system will provide significant flood protection benefits for the Emerald community.

"The cost will be dependent on the level of flood protection and residual risk chosen."

Mr Wilkinson recommended that the "Central Highlands Regional Council not release the report to the public until such time that it has worked through the AECOM information, the decision making process going forward, and community engagement process for communicating with our community".

Councillors received the report and accepted the recommendations.

What's next?

Councillors to digest report

Suggested to get in experts to explain

Community consultation

Decision to be made for or against levees in Emerald

Inform State Government of decision

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