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Huge crowd for levee opening

Member for Murray-Darling John Williams officially opened the Deniliquin Levee Bank yesterday, with about 150 joining in the celebrations.

TYLA HARRINGTON May 23, 2014 4:05am

Floodplain Management Association chairman Ian Dinham, Member for Murray-Darling John Williams and Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick.

About 150 people celebrated the official opening of the Deniliquin Levee Bank on the grassed bank near the Peppin Heritage Centre yesterday.

Beautiful sunny weather graced the skies as the crowd gathered to witness the historic opening.

Coinciding with the Floodplain Management Conference, which is being held in Deniliquin this week, people listened attentively as Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick spoke about the levee bank’s long history.

Cr Renwick said council preparations to build the levee bank started in 1993, with construction starting in 1995 and not officially completed until 2011.

He also thanked people for the enduring workload some took on to see the $15.8 million project — a 17km levee system — completed.

‘‘I am so proud that this levee fits in,’’ Cr Renwick said.

Following Cr Renwick, Floodplain Management Association chairman Ian Dinham took to the lectern. He was equally impressed with the opening and the ‘‘asset’’ Deniliquin had made.

‘‘Although it was some time in the making it will serve the community for many more years than that,’’ he said.

‘‘In the years to come this levee system will pay for itself as other levees have done throughout the world and Australia.

‘‘It costs New South Wales $250 million per year to repair damage caused from floods.’’

After Mr Dinham spoke it was time for Member for Murray-Darling John Williams to officially and proudly declare the levee open.

The crowd was then invited to take pictures of the plaque that was installed earlier that day and capture a piece of Deniliquin history.

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