It’s a flood of concern

Stakeholders will meet to discuss parks and levees

PAINTERS ISLAND PLEA: Shane Downie hopes a new bike path may help prevent minor flood events. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

FLOODING problems at Wangaratta’s Ovens River precinct will be on the agenda for key ‘stakeholder’ groups next week.

Agencies including the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA), VicRoads, SES and Rural City of Wangaratta, along with a member of parliament and Painters Island Caravan Park manager Shane Downie will attend.

They will discuss issues directly related to the flooding of areas such as Apex Park, the caravan park, along with Wilson and Parfitt roads.

Flooding was an issued raised at NECMA’s public forum in Wangaratta last week.

NECMA river health operations manager, Peter Sacco, said there are complex issues that won’t be solved overnight, but expects an answer before 12 months is up.

Mr Downie, who has been hit with floods nine times in 34 months, said raising the height of the levee along the Ovens from 12.05m to the moderate flood level of 12.4m would have saved the park he manages from six flood events.

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