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Published Friday 29 May 2020
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Proposed Seymour Levee directions report update

The future of the proposed Seymour Flood Levee will be discussed at a meeting of Council on Monday 29 June.

A Future Directions report will be considered by Councillors outlining the proposed levee, including cost, its safety value, 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 and consultation conducted at the end of 2019, and legal advice.

A Community Questions and Hearings Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 15 June. Because of the current COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be live streamed from 3pm with no access to the meeting through a public gallery.

Community members wanting to make a verbal or written submission are asked to contact Council’s Governance team by Wednesday 10 June by phoning Council on 5734 6200 or by emailing to discuss arrangements.

Discussion around a levee in Seymour has been ongoing for a number of years and, in 2010, Council resolved to complete a planning scheme amendment to obtain the required land for the levee.

To support this process, Council continued to undertake further investigations to determine the best alignment for the levee and to examine the areas of land that may need to be acquired to construct the levee and its associated works.

This further planning work identified that the expected cost to deliver the levee is approximately $20 million.

Because of the cost of the proposed levee, Council sought community feedback in 2019 to guide it in its decision-making. The Directions Report has combined previous reports, economic impacts, safety aspects, Seymour Revitalisation and community engagement to assist Councillors with that decision-making.

People who want to view the Hearings Committee and Council meeting can go to Council’s website and go to Council meetings for the live link on the day.

Quotes from Mayor David Lowe

“We understand that this project is very emotive and that there are a number of views in our community. We now have the task of weighing up a number of reports, feedback from consultations over the years and from our most recent round of community consultation,” he said.

“The Future Directions report before Council will give all of us a sense of the merits of the proposed levee and its impacts on Seymour.”

This page was last updated on 12 June 2020.