Council Seeks Disaster Ready Funding

Latrobe City Council has endorsed applications for the Disaster Ready Fund, including an Urban Flood Study and Drainage Strategy.

The Disaster Ready Fund is a new Australian Government disaster risk reduction initiative, which will fund a diverse set of large scale and long-term resilience projects in partnership with states and territories.

Council is seeking funding to reduce the impacts of flooding in several location across Latrobe City

The four applications lodged with Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) by Council are:

Urban Flood Study and Drainage Strategy:

The study and subsequent strategy would identify and prioritise areas of concern with mitigation options for consideration across the three main towns of Latrobe City.

Traralgon Creek Retarding Basin Feasibility Study:

Would enable an investigation into the options to provide infrastructure to improve flood protection for residents along Traralgon Creek.

Glengarry Flood Mitigation and Construction – Stage One:

Includes the design for improved flood protection for Glengarry residents as well as constructing identified infrastructure.

Moe North-West Flood Mitigation Works:

Would involve the construction of additional piped underground stormwater infrastructure in Moe North-West that would outfall to the creek at the north.

Mayor of Latrobe City, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan said these projects were nominated as they are the most shovel ready, would assess the most flood risks and prioritise the infrastructure response.

“Council is hopeful the Federal Government will look favourably on our application to ensure these much-needed projects can be delivered,” said the Mayor.

“The Federal Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of the project costs for successful project applications. Council will be required to also provide 50 per cent, however there are other considerations involved in this cost.”

“If the applications are successful, a future report will be presented to Council to confirm support and the required contributing funds.”

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