Response to CQNews enquiry regarding delayed levee decision from Central Highlands Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes:
At the General Council Meeting of 9 November 2016 a report was tabled to council regarding the business case for the levees and the consequential delay to a decision on the potential flood mitigation project.
This was the first time councillors had been informed of the delay, the reasons for the delay and the mitigation measures to fast track the business case.
It was therefore not appropriate for this information to be released to the public before the meeting.
Open communication and transparent decision-making is of the utmost importance to this council.
Council wished to make the whole community aware of the status of the business case, not just directly affected residents. Hence the report was tabled in an open session, which was live streamed to the public.
As I have previously stated, we understand this is a disappointing setback and we take full responsibility for the delay.
Council is in the process of drafting a letter to all affected residents, updating them on the progress of the Emerald Flood Mitigation Scheme.
Updates are also posted to the My Flood Info and council websites, in our eNews and on our social media accounts.
In addition to this, Emerald Flood Protection Scheme Liaison Officer Dana Gluzde is in regular contact with affected residents.
Concerned community members are encouraged to contact Dana by calling 4986 8419 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org