Jun 21

Flood Investigation Results

An informal public consultation was held last Monday evening in the Town Hall regarding the recent Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s Canadian Creek Tributaries Flood Investigation.  Here is some background http://ballarateast.net/canadian-creek-tributaries/
This display was like a celebration of the waterways and natural features of Ballarat East, and Canadian. It was recognition of how special and unique Ballarat East is, how it cannot be used as a flat greenfield site without considering the landscape features.

Four years ago local residents placed objections to the large development on Stockade Street.  At the time elders of the local community detailed their eye witness accounts of flooding in the area.  Residents’ concerns were largely ignored and development proceeded right over an ephemeral wetland.  Remember this view?

Stocakde St

Stockade Street before development. Wetlands and flood plain clear.

On April 30th 2014 The Ballarat Courier ran a story about how areas at risk of flooding were identified in 2002 and called for them to be written into The Planning Scheme by January 2004 but it never happened.  http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2251960/council-ignored-flood-advice-900-properties-at-risk/Following the informal consultation session, a report will be presented to Council to request that an amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme be adopted. There will be further opportunity for community involvement with a formal public exhibition which will be advertised in the coming months.You are able to access information about the project through Council’s website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au If you have any queries about the flood investigation, please contact Corangamite CMA on 5232 9100 or floodinfo@ccma.vic.gov.au

The development itself seems to have stalled, and the for sale signs are down, and individual properties within the development are now for sale. It really is a case of buyers beware!! And is now a good time to say ‘Developers listen to the residents, you might learn something!’

Background on the Stockade development, referred to as 213 Fussell St click here, secondary development referred to as 54 Stockade St click here, and the trees issue on this development click here.


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