Developing improved flood warning systems for the Upper Wimmera Catchment is among key recommendations of an investigation into flooding in the area.
Consultants for the Upper Wimmera Catchment Flood Investigation BMT WBM will present findings and recommendations at a community meeting in Landsborough Community Town Hall on February 20. The meeting is from 5-8pm. The formal report presentation starts at 7pm.
The investigation has developed new flood intensity maps showing different flood scenarios. These form recommendations for future flood warning activities, emergency flood action plans and local government planning schemes within the investigation's 1500-square kilometre area.
This area includes the towns and surrounding rural districts of Navarre, Landsborough, Elmhurst, Eversley, Crowlands, Joel Joel, Greens Creek and Campbells Bridge.
Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Northern Grampians and Pyrenees shire councils, Ararat Rural City Council, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and VICSES were all involved in the project.
Wimmera CMA board chairperson Karen Douglas encouraged the community to attend the Landsborough meeting, which would be the final community meeting for the investigation.
"It is always very satisfying to reach this point in a flood investigation because we have tangible information to improve our planning, preparedness and response for future flood events," she said.
"It's fantastic to be able to show the community flood maps of their townships and surrounding areas as well as the recommendations on how to improve flood intelligence in this part of the catchment."
Mrs Douglas thanked community members who contributed valuable information to the investigation during its development.
"The contribution by the community throughout the project has been extremely valuable," Mrs Douglas said.
"Local knowledge has been the key to the investigation to ensure it reflects the on-ground situation for flooding in this area."
The Upper Wimmera Catchment Flood Investigation has been funded by the state and federal governments through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme and the Victorian Coalition Government's Flood Warning Network - Repair and Improvement initiative. Pyrenees and Northern Grampians shire councils, Ararat Rural City Council and Wimmera CMA also contributed.
Wimmera CMA has completed Flood Investigations for the towns of Natimuk, Dimboola, Glenorchy, Halls Gap, Horsham, Jeparit, Warracknabeal and Beulah. The CMA has also completed a Flow Modelling Study for the Wimmera River and Yarriambiack Creek between Glenorchy, Horsham and Warracknabeal.
BMT WBM is currently working with a community-based steering committee and Wimmera CMA on the Mt William Creek Catchment Flood Investigation.