Three levels of government have chipped in to fund a $1.2 million project to restore decommissioned flood gates at the East Mirrool Regulator in Yenda.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation general manager of operations Alan Shea said the gates will provide better control of water flows and quicker recovery in the case of flooding.
Griffith City Council, the federal and state governments have each invested around $400,000 in the project.
Member for Murray Austin Evans welcomed the NSW Government contribution, saying it will afford much needed flood immunity to the township of Yenda and surrounding areas.
Floods in Yenda caused $100 million worth of damage in 2012.
"The Floodplain Management Program and Floodplain Grants Scheme supports councils to protect communities from flooding," Mr Evans said.
"The proposed project at the East Mirrool Regulator will provide additional discharge capacity to convey Mirrool creek floodwaters.
"The project will also provide relief to the farmers upstream of the East Mirrool Regulator from frequent flooding of their farms and damage to crops.
This project is one of eight to share in $1.77 million across the state.
Mr Evans also welcomed a $120,000 state government grant for the Hanwood stormwater pump and levee.
This project will investigate locating the pumps at one location only - Mallee Street.
The project involves detailed design, environmental and geotechnical investigations and preparation of specification for construction work.
Mr Evans said, once constructed, the project will provide much needed flood relief to the Hanwood community.
Mayor John Dal Broi said that "the safety of Yenda citizens and the protection of property at Yenda and Hanwood has been at the forefront of Council flood mitigation planning.
“Extensive research undertaken by staff and the Floodplain Management Committee have resulted in viable mitigation solutions.
“Council is very pleased that these solutions, having now received recognition and funding, can come to fruition"
Minister for Justice Mr Keenan said, “natural disasters, such as flooding, have an enormous impact on our economy and can cripple businesses and communities, so we need to do everything we can to be prepared”.
“In August, we provided $5.9 million for 28 projects through this scheme and this additional funding will support a further eight projects to enable councils to make informed decisions on the best way to invest in flood mitigation and better manage the risk posed by floods.”
Emergency Services minister Troy Grant said projects supported through this funding range from flood studies through to the construction of flood mitigation infrastructure, such as detention basins, levees, crossings, floodgates and flood warning systems.
“Flood-affected communities can take a long time to recover, and we are here to support them in that process,” he said.
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