Houses in Huntly could be at risk of flooding unless the Bendigo Creek flood levy is urgently repaired, Northern Victoria MP Gaelle Broad told Parliament today.
She has asked the Minister for Water to explain what is being done to address the issue.
The levy bank was badly damaged during last year’s floods.
Local constituents raised concerns about several spots along the creek and Ms Broad visited the site last week with Peter Walsh MP, Leader of the Nationals.
“A roadway that was a few metres wide along the creek has all but eroded away and another heavy rainfall could see the levy bank break and houses are now at risk of flooding.”
She said local residents wanted to see the issue fixed but various authorities are involved including Goulburn Murray Water, the Catchment Management Authority, City of Greater Bendigo and Parks Victoria.
“The State Government needs to undertake urgent works to repair the levy bank and I’d appreciate the Minister’s advice as to what’s being done to fix this problem.
“A flood mitigation study was done years ago but since then nothing has happened.
“If the levy breaks, houses in Huntly are at risk of flooding and it would be devastating for local families and the damage bill would be in the tens of millions of dollars.”