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Minister Murray Watt and Senator Raff Ciccone visit Traralgon for Flood Recovery Project and Princes Highway Bypass

Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt and Federal Senator for Victoria Raff Ciccone visited Traralgon yesterday to learn more about the effects of the 2021 flood and storm event and ongoing recovery works.

By news@gippsland - 18th August 2022 - Back to News

Minister Watt and Senator Ciccone spoke to local affected businesses including Traralgon Centre Plaza management to understand the impacts experienced. Latrobe City Council presented the Minister and Senator with opportunities to support infrastructure projects that would mitigate the risks associated with any future flooding events.

From left to right, Darren Chester Dan Clancey Kellie O'Callaghan Minister Watts Senator Ciccone and Ministerial Staff

From left to right, Darren Chester Dan Clancey Kellie O'Callaghan Minister Watts Senator Ciccone and Ministerial Staff

Opportunity for positive outcomes

This included the Flood Recovery and Resilience Project, which requires a $4.25 million investment to secure the total funding required for a multipurpose precinct at Glenview Park and new pavilion within Traralgon Recreation Reserve. The Traralgon Highway Bypass was also presented as it provides an opportunity to construct a retardation basin that would mitigate future flood risks.

Mayor of Latrobe City, Councillor Kellie O'Callaghan thanked Minister Watt and Senator Ciccone for taking the time to visit Latrobe City. "Latrobe City Council was grateful for the opportunity to host Minister Murray Watt and Senator Raff Ciccone during their tour of Traralgon. This was a chance to provide further details on infrastructure opportunities that would reduce flood risks in the future including our Flood Recovery and Resilience Project and the Traralgon Highway Bypass."

Reduce flood impacts

Cr. O'Callaghan added, "The June 2021 flood and storms had a significant impact on our community including residences and we are also working to ensure that affected facilities are not only replaced but we take action to reduce the impacts of potential future events. We look forward to working with Minister Watt and Senator Ciccone in the future and strengthen a partnership that would create positive outcomes for Latrobe City."

Further information regarding these projects and council's advocacy efforts is available at Latrobe City Council's Advocacy for the Community web page.

Pictures from Latrobe City Council website.


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