REGION - Mt William Creek catchment farmers and urban residents will get their first look at flood mapping at meetings in Stawell, Dadswells Bridge, Pomonal and Moyston next week.
The Mt William Creek Catchment Flood Investigation steering committee is inviting rural and urban community members to view draft maps that consultants BMT WBM have developed.
The Mt William Creek Catchment Flood Investigation area of 1400 square kilometres encompasses the towns and surrounding rural areas of Stawell, Dadswells Bridge, Pomonal, Moyston, Mokepilly, Barton, Jallukar, Bellellen, Illawarra and Ledcourt.
The first meeting is in Dadswells Bridge Town Hall on Monday, October 28. The second meeting is at Stawell Health and Community Centre at 8 Patrick Street on Tuesday, October 29. Both meetings are from 6-8pm.
The third and fourth meetings are both on Thursday, October 31. They are in the Pomonal Town Hall from 10-11am, and at the Moyston Recreation Reserve from 1 to 2pm.
It will be the first public viewing of the maps, which when completed will show the potential inundation through the investigation area for a range of different flooding scenarios.
Wimmera Catchment Management Authority floodplain management officer Clare Wilson said Melbourne consultants BMT WBM would also present preliminary mitigation options at the meetings.
"The meetings will provide an overview of data used to develop the maps including photographic evidence, community information, rainfall records, ground level heights and a list of engineering diagrams from structures such as roads, culverts and bridges," Ms Wilson said.
"The meetings will also outline future steps in the investigation such as developing a flood warning assessment, flood damages assessment and land planning arrangements."
Wimmera CMA is managing the project, which is funded by the state and federal governments through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme with contributions from Ararat and Horsham rural city councils, Northern Grampians Shire Council, GWMWater and Wimmera CMA.
The project steering committee includes representatives from the CMA, Ararat and Horsham rural city councils, Northern Grampians Shire Council, GWMWater, the local community, VicSES, VicRoads and the Bureau of Meteorology.
"The Mt William Creek Catchment community has provided a wealth of information for the flood investigation," Ms Wilson said.
"This local knowledge about past floods helps us create accurate flood models for future management."
Ararat Rural City Council Planning Manager Joel Hastings encouraged community members of Pomonal and Moyston to attend the meetings and talk to the council and the Catchment Management Authority about the flood investigation.
Mr Hastings said the heavy rainfall in January 2011 demonstrated that the Pomonal and Moyston areas were prone to flash flooding.
"It is important that people provide feedback on the draft flood extent and mitigation options and the attendance and input from community members is greatly valued," Mr Hastings said.
"These meetings give people an opportunity to have their say."
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