$9.9m from Fed Government to improve stormwater network and minimise flooding

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will receive $9.9 million from the Federal Government to upgrade and improve stormwater infrastructure in order to reduce the risk of flooding in St Morris, Trinity Gardens, Maylands and Stepney.

The $9.9 million has been funded from the Federal Government’s Preparing Australia Program, which targets local projects across the nation, with a focus on improving resilience against natural disasters.

The new infrastructure will reduce surface flood waters during storm events by capturing stormwater and temporarily storing it in a proposed detention basin within St Morris Reserve and underground detention tanks within the road network.

The funding boost will offset the Council’s overall $38.4 million investment to protect residents and businesses from flooding at various locations in our City.

As part of its Flood Mitigation Assessment, the Council has allocated funding to upgrade stormwater infrastructure– particularly to prevent the damaging consequences of a one in 100-year rainfall event. Mayor Robert Bria thanked the Federal Government for its generous investment.

“This funding will go a long way towards ensuring that homes and businesses are not impacted by flooding,” he said.

“The City’s stormwater drainage network is one of many infrastructure assets which is provided and maintained by the Council for the community.

“The City-wide upgrades to the stormwater drainage network stems from a floodplain mapping project which identified locations which are at risk from flooding and considers a range of future scenarios that could influence this including infill development and the ongoing impacts of climate change.

Work on the project is expected to start at the end of the year.

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