Carpentaria Shire Council has engaged a consultant to conduct the study into reducing flood risks in Karumba, an initiative with joint Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding.
The project will carry out a preliminary study to determine whether there are viable options to reduce the risk of flooding in the town of Karumba and comes as a result of the increasing stress placed on residents in Karumba during disaster events.
Council initiated the study to investigate the feasibility of a levee or other structural options to improve the town's resilience to flooding and improve flood warning and evacuation times for the town.
This project is at the initial stage, in understanding whether a structural mitigation option could assist the town and be financially viable from a cost benefit perspective.
The project is on track to be completed by October and stakeholder engagement updates will be released as the study continues.
Mayor Jack Bawden thanked the Commonwealth and State Government for the funding.
"Council has been considering the option for a levee bank in Karumba for some time and the opportunity to undertake the pre-feasibility study was made possible through this funding allocation" he said.
"Karumba is such a beautiful town, know for its fishing and tourism and so it is important we explore these options in response to natural disasters"
"The outcome of this study will ensure Council has the strategic information required to be able to make informative decisions and will be a great foundational asset for future funding applications".
Cr Bawden said they looked forward to working with governments on the project once the study is completed.
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