Creek debris leaves Seymour without a paddle
22 December 2017
Debris, rubbish and sediment in Whiteheads Creek needs to be removed to reduce the risk of flash flooding, according to Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan.
Speaking in Parliament recently, Ms Ryan called on Water Minister Lisa Neville to instruct the Goulburn Broken catchment management authority to clean out the creek as a matter of priority.
Ms Ryan, who has inspected the creek with local residents, said the rubbish would impede the flow of water in a major rainfall event.
“Since I raised the state of the creek with the Water Minister in Parliament, we’ve had a heavy rainfall event which has created even more of a mess,” Ms Ryan said.
“We were lucky that the rain we received was spaced out over a 24-hour period but next time we might not have the same good fortune.
“The creek is choked with weeds, sediment and debris, particularly where it runs through town between Delatite Rd and the Goulburn River.
“There is about 40 years of debris that has built up since the 1973 floods and residents are concerned about the impact it could have on the town in a heavy rainfall event.
“Not only is it a visual blight, but it also traps water when Whiteheads Creek is in flood.”
Ms Ryan also asked the Minister to clarify whether the planned Seymour flood levee would raise the flood overlay in town.
“In government The Nationals allocated more than $1.3 million to progress the levee but since Labor came to government the project has ground to a halt,” Ms Ryan said.
“The town is in limbo, with little information about the status of the levee or when it might be likely to proceed.
“The purpose of the flood levee was to lower insurance premiums, unlock development in Seymour and to protect residences from flooding. If it does not achieve those aims, other options should be explored.
“The Minister needs to clarify whether the levee, as it is currently planned, will indeed lift the flood overlay in Seymour,” Ms Ryan said.