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Government plan to improve flood warning systems

Published 28/12/2012

Water Minister Peter Walsh has released the Victorian Government’s plan to improve flood warning systems across the state.

The plan is part of the Government’s response to 31 recommendations relating to water issues in the Review of the 2010–11 Flood Warnings and Response led by Neil Comrie.

Mr Walsh said the plan supported the Coalition’s goal to help Victorians to be prepared for and respond to emergencies such as flood events and empower communities to recover quickly.

“This implementation plan will see flood planning become more integrated and better aligned with other emergency management planning to ensure better co-ordination at state, regional and

local levels,” Mr Walsh said.

The plan builds on a number of Coalition Government initiatives already in place to strengthen communities against flooding impacts.

“The Government immediately addressed gaps identified in flood warning system after the 2010/11 floods, as part of $1.56 billion spent on the immediate flood response,” Mr Walsh said.

Following the 2010/11 floods, the Victorian Government began work on a number of activities consistent with the findings of the Comrie report. These include:

  • Providing $4.5 million for up to 25 flood risk studies in key flood prone communities over four years, with 15 of these studies underway already.
  • Upgrading flood warning systems, with 38 upgrades completed.
  • Improving data collection and delivery systems. Portable automated logger systems were activated to relay Broken Creek water levels in the March 2012 floods.
  • The development of a web-based information system using weather forecast models, satellite observations, river gauges and hydrological modelling to improve warnings and emergency response.

Mr Walsh recently announced flood studies for Dunolly, Numurkah and Castlemaine and surrounds to help enhance flood intelligence for these three towns as well as consider the feasibility of a range of potential flood mitigation options. The Creswick Flood study has already been completed and funding has now been provided for subsequent flood mitigation works.

To view the plan visit www.water.vic.gov.au/response-to-victorian-floods-review