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Local flood knowledge needed

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February 10, 2017

Locals are being urged to share their flood knowledge at a meeting in Strathmerton.

Locals are being urged to share their flood knowledge at a drop-in session next week to help shape a management strategy.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority floodplain manager Guy Tierney said over the past decade almost 30 flood studies had been carried out across the catchment.

‘‘So, for many areas, we won’t be starting from scratch, however, in other areas there may be new local knowledge and input,’’ Mr Tierney said.

A session will be held in Strathmerton on Monday, February 13 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Strathmerton Hall.

Meetings will also be held in the morning at Tungamah and in the evening at Nathalia.

‘‘We’re encouraging people to attend these informal sessions and bring along any maps, photos, stories or other relevant material to share their knowledge with us about where flood knowledge needs to be improved through flood studies and flood mapping and what they believe are the priority actions needed to reduce the risk of flooding,’’ Mr Tierney said.

Information from the community will be used to review and develop a new Goulburn Broken Regional Floodplain Management Strategy, which is being developed in partnership with local councils, traditional owners and other agencies with floodplain management functions such as water authorities and VicSES.

This information will then help set regional priorities that will be detailed in a rolling three-year regional work plan.

●If people are unable to attend the session but would like to contribute, a feedback form is available from www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or by phoning 58227700.

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