Campaspe Shire flood recovery works are complete, bringing to a close an $18 million clean-up, repair and rebuilding program.GRAHAM WILLIS July 30, 2014 3:19am
More than $18 million in flood recovery works across the district are finally complete.
Campaspe Shire completed the works, bringing an end to the massive clean-up, repair and rebuilding program following the floods of late 2010 and early 2011.
Shire flood recovery and emergency management spokesperson Leigh Wilson said the extensive works program stretched across the shire, with Rochester, the hardest hit, and parts of Echuca and Torrumbarry receiving the most intensive focus due to the extensive level of damage.
‘‘It’s been a long journey with many challenges along the way since the devastating floods of three-and-a-half years ago and it is wonderful to be able to report to our community that works to repair the extensive damage is now completed,’’ Cr Wilson said.
‘‘The works program has involved the rehabilitation and reconstruction of more than 800km of roads, 50 bridges, 200 culverts, dozens of community buildings and many other assets, including footpaths, retaining walls, drainage infrastructure and sporting and recreation facilities.
‘‘While the program to repair damaged infrastructure has been enormous in scale, of even greater significance has been the generosity, deep level of commitment and strong sense of community of the many hundreds of individuals and groups who have worked tirelessly to mend the social fabric of local communities and help families and individuals return their lives to normality.
‘‘I also commend the council staff who have done an outstanding job on many fronts, including project managing dozens of infrastructure works in a systematic and thorough manner, working with government to obtain the necessary funding to repair and rebuild assets, initiating and supporting a multitude of community projects and committees and working closely with individuals in need to ensure they were able to access the necessary resources to assist their recovery.
‘‘Whilst the flood infrastructure works are now complete, the focus now moves to the flood protection and mitigation works, with some projects recently funded in this area.’’
Flood recovery works include:
Council also created a new Rochester community hub, housing the council service centre, library, meeting rooms, Rochester Community House and Oppy museum.
The shire hall was also completely restored.
Redevelopment of the Rochester Recreation Reserve works valued at $2.2 million opened in 2013.
Works included the demolition of flood-damaged structures at the reserve and construction of new clubrooms, providing a new home for the local junior football club, little athletics club and cricket club.
The project also included construction of a new exhibition shed, new toilet block at the northern end of the reserve and new synthetic turf for practice wickets as well as associated works such as road resealing and gravel resheeting.
A further $1 million, partly council funded, saw works at Rochester caravan park, including upgrading infrastructure such as switchboard and lights, development of a new central amenity block and the installation of 12 new sites with power, water and sewer at the southern end of the park.
Aysons Reserve works, worth $150,000, included reinstatement of the gravel access road and refurbishment of the toilet block including replacement of damaged fixtures and fittings, installation of a solar hot water system, installation of an additional septic tank and waste dump, as well as general clean up and painting.
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