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MEDIA RELEASE - ONE YEAR ON FROM FLOOD DEVASTATION

18 September 2017

A year on from Casterton’s devastating floods the town is preparing for the opening of replacement infrastructure.

Casterton experienced one of its worst flooding events in more than 20 years last September with 10 properties inundated and a further 50 surrounded by flood waters as the Glenelg River peaked at more than six metres.

The community suffered substantial damage from the flooding, damaging buildings and rural roads adding up to a $5 million damage bill.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council had worked hard over the past 12 months with community members to rebuild the township.

“I commend the local community, as well as council workers and emergency service agencies for their work ethic and ongoing support to rebuilding the township,” Cr Rank said.

“Council attracted State Government funding which has assisted in the recovery, assuring the fast tracking of building replacements, replacement of damaged infrastructure and reconstruction of roads.”

To plan for the impending extreme weather season with both flood and fire, council is hosting the Glenelg Emergency Management conference next month.

Hosted at the Casterton Town Hall on Saturday 7 October 2017 from 9:30am – 3pm, the conference will hear from local emergency service agencies about how to manage floods and bushfires.

The day will include children’s activities, plus a free lunch and bus trip of Casterton to learn about planned burning on private and public land.

To register call 1300GLENELG (1300 453 635); email enquiry@glenelg.vic.gov.au or drop into a Glenelg Shire Customer Service Centre at Portland, Heywood or Casterton by 29 September 2017.


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