Baw Baw News By Matthew Sims // 09:00, Tuesday 2 June 2015
BAW Baw Shire councillors have unanimously approved works to fix Trafalgar’s drainage problems as part of the Trafalgar Flood Modelling and Drainage Strategy.
First published in the 29 May 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
The council will spend approximately $2.5 million to provide an average of 20 years protection from potential flooding, not including the cost of the purchase of land.
Included in the plan was the construction of a detention or retarding basin at the west of the town which will hold flood water for a short period of time.
The strategy will also see changes to the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay to ensure planning permits for new developments in the future require appropriate flood protection.
Nine residents of the area submitted to the council during a four week period from March until April of this year.
Some people raised issues with poor maintenance of drainage already installed in the area.
The council has allocated funds for capital works in its draft 2015/16 budget which will permit regular maintenance of drains in the Trafalgar area.
A Fernlea Close resident requested works be done near them to prevent water flow coming from upstream onto their properties.
The council has been in contact with VicRoads to divert the flow to a drain downstream.
The SES, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Gippsland Water were consulted in the process of preparing the strategy.
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