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Published Friday 8 March 2019
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Shire seeks local knowledge from community

Old photos of significant floods from yesteryear, historical rainfall records or river/creek height records that may have been observed is being sought by Mitchell Shire Council in an effort to better understand flood behaviour in the Sunday and Dry Creek catchment area.

The Sunday Creek and Dry Creek Flood study began recently and aims to discover information that was thought to be lost or to find data residents may have collated over the years to assist in validating results in the study.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said this study will build knowledge about the flooding behaviour of rivers and creeks in the catchment and will help inform future emergency planning and emergency responses.

“Being able to produce accurate flood maps is important for our region as we look to improve our resilience to natural disasters in Mitchell Shire. Improved knowledge of flood behaviour will also help with future land-use and help inform the structure planning for Broadford and the rural valleys,” he said.

“Local knowledge is crucial to a project like this as often people who live on the land understand how the area could flood. People may also have old photos of floods that can be used by project officers to understand where the water may build up.

“I am looking forward to seeing all of the information collated from the local community.”

Two drop-in sessions will be held this month to talk directly with residents who live in the area.

The first will be held at Pyalong Neighbourhood House on Thursday 21 March from 6pm until 8pm. The second will be at Broadford Council Chambers on Saturday 23 March from 10am until 12pm.

The Sunday Creek and Dry Creek catchments cover an area of about 970 square kilometres, which includes multiple townships, they are:

  • Broadford
  • Coulson Crossing
  • Heathcote Junction
  • Kilmore
  • Kilmore East
  • Pyalong
  • Wandong
  • Wall Crossing
  • Waterford Park

If you have any information that may assist, please upload your photos or provide us with historical data please visit here

If you would like any more information, please contact Mitchell Shire Capital Works Coordinator Pushpa Gunawardhana on 03 5734 6348 or pushpa.gunawardhana@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au