Gaelle BROAD (Northern Victoria) (12:56): (53) My question is to the Minister for Water in relation to the flood levee along Bendigo Creek that was badly damaged during last year’s floods. Local constituents raised concerns about several spots along the creek, and I visited the site last week. A roadway that was a few metres wide along the creek has all but eroded away. Another heavy rainfall could see the levee bank break, and houses are now at risk of flooding. Local residents want to see the issue fixed, but various authorities are involved, including Goulburn-Murray Water, the catchment management authority, the local council and Parks Victoria. The state government needs to undertake urgent works to repair the levee bank, and I would appreciate the minister’s advice as to what is being done to fix this problem. A flood mitigation study was done years ago, but since then nothing has happened. If the levee breaks, houses in Huntly are at risk of flooding. It would be devastating for local families, and the damage bill would be in the tens of millions of dollars.
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