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Your local knowledge and memories needed for Swan Hill Regional Flood Study

Your local knowledge and memories needed for Swan Hill Regional Flood Study

Think back to a time when the Murray or the Little Murray was in flood, to a time when it was threatening to burst its banks. Did you take a photo, mark a fence post or note a landmark where the floodwater reached?

If so, we need you to share your stories and memories.

The Swan Hill Regional Flood Study is being compiled now. It will be used to plan for future emergency responses and for land use planning along Murray and Little Murray rivers.

It will focus specifically on three key areas – around Pental Island, from Swan Hill to Nyah-Vinifera Park, and from Nyah to Piangil (Tooleybuc).

Community sessions to gather local knowledge are planned for 24 and 25 June across the area.

North West Region (Loddon Mallee) Victoria State Emergency Services Operations Officer Peter Patterson said a detailed flood risk evaluation would be created during the study, with the ultimate aim of providing better information to assist with preparing for, responding to and recovering from future flood events.

“To ensure we capture as much information as possible we are seeking the input of locals. who have any personal anecdotes or stories, photos or any other information from Swan Hill regional flooding events. This information will be used to validate the flood maps we produce through computer modelling,” he said.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee said the flood study was important to plan the use of land along the rivers in the future.

“As our region continues to grow, it is vital that we ensure flood risk to any new infrastructure, businesses or homes is minimised and this study – using local knowledge and computer modelling – will help us do that,” Cr McPhee said.

“Local people are those who have experienced previous flooding events, who have lived through it. And locals are the people who can provide the invaluable information our partnership needs to make this study as accurate and effective as possible.”

Swan Hill region residents are invited to share their flood stories and photos at community sessions. Come along at any time during the session.

  • Swan Hill Region Information Centre on Sunday, 24 June between 2pm and 4pm
  • Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum on Monday, 25 June between 1pm and 3pm
  • Tooleybuc Sporting Club on Monday, 25 June between 5pm and 7pm

Equipment will available to copy photos and documents, and people will be there to record your memories and information.

If you cannot make any of the sessions but would like to share some information with us, we are also scheduling one-on-one interviews. For more information, contact Rebecca Dick at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 0438 674 866.

The State Government-funded study is being completed through a partnership between Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Murray River Council (NSW), North Central Catchment Management Authority, Mallee Catchment Management Authority and VicSES.