Seymour Flood Levee 2019

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This stage of consultation has concluded.

Aerial photo with levee location around Emily and Tallarook Street marked.

Mitchell Shire Council is inviting the community to give their feedback on the proposed flood levee on the Goulburn River which would protect Seymour from a large-scale flood event.

We want to determine if the project should progress or not.

In order to make an informed decision, we are currently consulting with the wider community to understand the level of support for a flood levee for Seymour.

Community members

If you are a community member and would like to provide input, please take our survey here or attend a drop in session.

Landowners

Letters have been sent to benefitting landowners. If you have received a letter, please follow the instructions in your letter and provide input via the landowner survey.

Surveys close 5pm, 25 October.

Mitchell Shire Council is inviting the community to give their feedback on the proposed flood levee on the Goulburn River which would protect Seymour from a large-scale flood event.

We want to determine if the project should progress or not.

In order to make an informed decision, we are currently consulting with the wider community to understand the level of support for a flood levee for Seymour.

Community members

If you are a community member and would like to provide input, please take our survey here or attend a drop in session.

Landowners

Letters have been sent to benefitting landowners. If you have received a letter, please follow the instructions in your letter and provide input via the landowner survey.

Surveys close 5pm, 25 October.

This stage of consultation has concluded.
  • Seymour levee project to end

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    01 July, 2020

    A Council meeting to consider a future directions report was held on Monday 29 June 2020 where a decision was made to stop the Seymour Flood Mitigation Project (levee).

    While the proposed Seymour Flood Levee was considered to be a ‘multi-generational project’ aimed at protecting the town’s CBD from a 1-in-100-year event, we decided that the implications and risks associated with the project were too high to warrant further progression.

    The report outlined safety, legal advice, costs, the impacts the levee could have on economic stimulus within Seymour, its impacts on future land use as well as taking into account community feedback at the end of 2019.

    You read more on Council's website.

    A recording of the meeting is also available. You can watch it on Council's website (29 June meeting).

  • Future directions report

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    19 June, 2020

    A Council meeting to consider a future directions report will be held from 7pm on Monday 29 June.

    This meeting is closed to the public due to COVID restrictions and can be viewed live online.

    Agenda

    You can view upcoming agendas on the website. It is anticipated the Directions Report will be available on Thursday 25 June.

    Watch meeting online

    You can view the Council Meeting via the meeting section of our website. The meeting will be livestreamed from 7pm. A recording will also be available as soon as possible after the meeting.

    Unable to go online? Call Mitchell Shire’s Governance Team on 5734 6200 to discuss your needs.

  • Engagement and survey summary

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    19 June, 2020

    An engagement report was presented to the April 2020 Council meeting providing a summary of the 2019 consultation.

    Download the report in the documents section here or on our website under Past Agendas and Minutes > April 2020 minutes and agenda.

    The report presents the findings of the independent community engagement process for the proposed Seymour Flood Levee.

    In July 2019, Council resolved to appoint an independent community engagement consultant to engage the Seymour community about a proposed flood levee on the Goulburn River.

    Specifically, Council sought feedback to understand the level of community support for the flood levee and to gauge community views on the fairest way to fund the infrastructure project.

    The engagement program also sought feedback specifically from landowners in the benefitting area to understand if they firstly, supported a flood levee and secondly, if they would be willing to help contribute funding through a Special Charge Scheme.

  • Landowner survey

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    08 October, 2019

    If you are a landowner that has been sent a letter detailing how you are able to have your say on the levee and potential funding options, please provide input on the landowner survey site.

    To find out if you are a landowner of a property that would receive a flood protection benefit from the levee, you can view the flood protection zone map.

    If you’re still unsure, please speak to a member of the team by calling 03 5734 6200 and select option 4, ‘Seymour levee project’.

  • About the proposal

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    16 September, 2019

    Background information

    Large areas of Seymour are built on the Goulburn River Floodplain and the township of Seymour has a long history of damaging flood events. In the event that a large-scale (1-in-100 year) flood of the Goulburn River occurs, it is estimated that more than 300 properties could be impacted.

    During such an event, a large part of Seymour's commercial business centre activities and essential services, including the hospital and police station would be impacted along with many residential properties.

    In addition to providing physical flood protection, a levee could provide opportunities to rezone land that is currently subject to development controls due to flooding.

    A levee also offers opportunities to construct new shared use paths and community spaces, expanding the network of off-road recreational paths and linkages throughout Seymour.

    A maintenance path built on the crest of the proposed levee would provide these expanded recreational opportunities.

    Council’s planning and investigative works estimate the levee would cost around $20 million. Council has already secured $6 million of government funding and continues to advocate to close the shortfall in funding.

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    Current status

    Given the current funding gap and Council’s on-going advocacy for project funding, Council wants to determine if the project should progress or not.

    In order to make an informed decision, we are currently consulting with the wider community to understand the level of support for a flood levee for Seymour.

    We are also engaging with landowners who would receive a flood protection benefit from the proposed levee, on whether or not they would be willing to contribute funding for the levee if no further funds can be contributed by other levels of Government.

    Community consultation

    We are asking the Seymour community to provide their feedback on the proposed levee.

    SURVEY

    You can have your say through the survey on this page.

    DROP IN SESSIONS

    Community drop-in sessions are also taking place where the public can learn more about the project, ask any questions they may have and speak to the project team.

    • Saturday 5 October, 9am to 4pm, Seymour Show, Kings Park, 55 Tallarook Street, Seymour (please note the show has an entry cost).
    • Thursday 10 October, 2-4pm, Chittick Park Community Place, Pollard Street, Seymour.
    • Tuesday 15 October, 3-7pm, Chittick Park Community Place, Pollard Street, Seymour.

    TALK TO PROJECT TEAM

    You can also speak to a member of the team by calling 5734 6200.


    NEXT STEPS

    Community consultation will conclude at 5pm on 25 October.

    Once Council has reviewed the feedback received, a report of these findings will be available for the community. Council will take the feedback received into account when determining whether to progress the levee or not.

    If it is determined the Council will proceed with the levee, further consultation will take place to refine the final design, as well as engaging with affected landowners on potential funding options.