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Latrobe City Council seeks federal funding from Disaster Ready Fund for much-needed projects that will reduce the impacts of flooding

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

By news@gippsland - 10th March 2023 - Back to News

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 locations across Latrobe City.

Council sent four applications to the federal government to seek funding projects that will reduce the impacts of flooding across the the city

Council sent four applications to the federal government to seek funding projects that will reduce the impacts of flooding across the the city

Submitted applications

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

The Latrobe City's commitment to improve flood management and protection of the community against flood waters is ongoing. Through this process everyone will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each agency and flood risk across the region.

Ensuring project delivery

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."

"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." said the Mayor.

Pictures from Latrobe City Council Facebook page.


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