The Myrtleford Flood Mitigation Project uses the findings of the Myrtleford Water Management Scheme, which was approved by the Minister for Water in August 2005.
Council commissioned a floodplain management study in response to major flooding in Myrtleford in October 1993 and September 1998. The study was completed in December 2000.
In February 2002 a Myrtleford Flood Investigation Community Based Committee was appointed to prepare a Water Management Scheme by the then Minister of Natural Resources and Environment under the 1989 Water Act.
After careful consideration of all of the options developed in the earlier floodplain management study, and some additional investigations to address community concerns, the Committee adopted a preferred set of mitigation measures. These measures were advertised for public comment in July 2003. Following consideration of five public submissions, the Committee resolved to recommend the adoption of the scheme as exhibited.
The adoption of the recommended Water Management Scheme by the Committee took into account economic viability and affordability, as well as social and economic considerations. The aim of the scheme is to minimise the effect of future flooding, both in terms of the financial cost to the community and the emotional impact to those who are directly affected.
The scheme includes the following flood mitigation measures:
* Construction of a diversion channel from Happy Valley Creek to to the Ovens River on the upstream side of Myrtleford - COMPLETED
* Sealing of openings in a section of the Rail Trail embankment.
* Excavation and re-shaping of natural depressions in combination with road crossing structure upgrades to form a network of floodways.
* Construction of a new 1.6 km levee on the town side of Happy Valley Creek.
* Reconstruction of an existing levee along the southern side of Happy Valley Creek.
* Removal of two short sections of existing levees.
* Extensive waterway management works on the Ovens Valley and Happy Valley Creek.
A summary of the Myrtleford Flood Mitigation Scheme is available here. The full document is available at the Myrtleford Library, Standish Street, Myrtleford, during opening hours.
To learn more about this project please contact project manager Jeff Taylor on 5755 0555 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.