Flood damaged roads receive funding


flood damagesGovernment funding will help get shire roads up and running after January's flood event.

Its good news for the flood affected shires of Campaspe and Gannawarra who are eligible to receive Victorian Government money for flood recovery works under new arrangements announced in March.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan said flood-affected councils can have 50 per cent of their claims under the National Disaster Relief Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA),  paid in advance.
Campaspe Shire Council infrastructure, facilities and commercial executive manager Kelly Sampson said inspections would be completed at the end of March.
"Flood damage across Victoria has been extensive. The damage across the shire is estimated in the millions, however until inspections are completed, the total impact will not been finalised," Ms Sampson said.
Inspections have included examining 4000km of roads, 65 bridges, drainage infrastructure and other infrastructure, including retaining walls, shared walkways, footpaths, fences, playgrounds and recreation reserves.
Common damage to roads include potholes and washed away surfaces, damage to road shoulders, damage to pavement drainage, eroded table drains and erosion near culverts, while bridges have had erosion to surface at approaches and around abutments and debris which needs to be cleared away.
"Emergency works and safety works were completed as a priority and continue to be our focus," Ms Sampson said.
Meanwhile Gannawara Shire Council has begun work to repair their damaged road system.
It is estimated 25 per cent of the Shire's 1,036kms of unsealed roads were affected by flooding.
Acting Director Infrastructure, Environment and Regulatory Services Stephen Wright said flowing water took away surface material and foundations were undermined by remaining flood water.
"Council aims to carry out repair works on these roads so as to return them to their previous condition," Mr Wright said.
Road works will involve re-sheeting and re-profiling of roads using both existing and new material.
"It is anticipated that the majority of the flood-damaged roads will be fully repaired by early next year."
The NDRRA assistance is available to offset costs associated with emergency protection works, including extraordinary wages or other expenditure for overtime and allowances for council staff, backfilling staff and engaging external contractors.
"This will be of great benefit, particularly to councils with relatively small populations but large road networks that were severely damaged by the flood events," Mr Ryan said.
"These changes eliminate the concerns held by councils and will give them the confidence to proactively carry out works needed to help communities recover."


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