Central Goldfields Shire Council has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of $1.2 million for the fourth and final stage of the Carisbrook Levee project.
The funding, announced by Member for Mallee Anne Webster this week (11/05), is part of the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program.
Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Chris Meddows-Taylor said it was a fantastic announcement for the Carisbrook community.
“After many years of advocating, to receive funding for the delivery of the fourth and final stage of the Carisbrook Levee project is certainly a major milestone for the project, and I personally want to acknowledge Dr Webster’s role in securing this funding.
“Stage four is shovel ready, we have the planning permit ready to go and so the next step is to agree with the community how we will communicate with them on this process before going to tender and those conversations are already underway.
“The $1.2 million in Federal Government funding will be complemented by Council’s contribution of $600,000 from the 2020/21 Budget and will see Stage Four of the project delivered in its entirety.
“We thank the Federal Government for their investment in supporting the Carisbrook community in managing flood mitigation. We recognise it has been a long and difficult process for so many residents and we appreciate their patience and input to the project over many years.”
The Carisbrook Levee project was designed by specialists Entura in response to major floods which occurred in 2010 and 2011.
The project is being delivered in four stages – one and two are complete, stage three is nearing completion and stage four can now be delivered thanks to this Federal Government funding announcement.
An outline of each of the stages is provided below:
- Pleasant Street levee construction (north of the railway line)
- Drainage works along Wills Street and within the racecourse.
- Construction completed in early 2017
- Williams Road Levee construction (West – East running levee, which continues east from Williams Rd across Landrigan Rd towards the Tullaroop Creek).
- Constructed in 2017
Stage 3 – current
Construction of Stage 3 of the Carisbrook Levee commenced on 12 October, 2020.
Local company Doran Earthmoving Pty Ltd delivered a section of the project that included the construction of the Levee – the section of Pleasant Street from the Pyrenees Highway to the railway line and High Street from the railway line to Church Street.
The works involved building up and constructing a sealed road and associated open drainage works.
The works associated with the railway line include the installation of drainage culverts, which approvals are currently being obtained.
The tender for the next part of stage three of the Carisbrook Levee project was advertised in March, 2021.
At a Meeting of Council in April (27/04) the tender for $170,896.00 was awarded to Leech Earthmoving and Contracting Pty Ltd.
This part of the project will see the installation of twin cell box culverts – 1200mm high by 1200mm – across the Pyrenees Highway located to the west of Pleasant Street, Carisbrook.
The culverts will redirect the overland flows along the levee when the southern section of the levee is completed.
To allow for the installation of the culverts existing utility services will be relocated in the coming months.
The final stage of the project, Stage 4, will be the construction of the Levee south of Pyrenees Highway. Council has the planning permit for this stage and the project is shovel-ready.