Carnarvon flood mitigation works begin

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean and Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt today welcomed the commencement of works on Stage 2 of the $60 million Carnarvon Flood Mitigation project.

The Australian Government has invested $15 million through the second round of the almost $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund.

“The construction of Stage 2 of the Carnarvon Flood Mitigation project is another example of investing in important community infrastructure to help secure the future of regional Australia,” Mr Crean said.

“The five levees under construction in Carnarvon will protect this area from increasingly frequent and severe flooding and open up new opportunities for land development.

“Reducing the problem of flooding will help the local horticultural industry diversify and expand, as well as secure a key transport corridor to the Pilbara.

“No one government alone can meet all the infrastructure that Australia needs and with the Government’s $15 million in funding through RDAF this project leveraged a further $45 million from the WA Government to make these levees a reality.”

Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt said that an estimated 60 people will be employed for up to 18 months.

“Skilled tradespeople and the associated goods and services needed for this project will boost the local economy.

“When complete the five new levees will reduce damage to vital community infrastructure and the cost of repair.

“What is also crucial is that these new levees will avoid potential loss of life, and limit the emotional stress on community members left to clean up and put their lives back together after a flood.

“The Australian Government will continue to listen to the needs of local communities so that we can continue to solve local problems and create local economic opportunities.”

Media contacts: Minister Crean’s office: Glen Atwell 0403 949 599 Senator Pratt’s office: 0417 175 220