A FORMER senior manager of the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) has warned public and private assets will be washed away by floodwaters unless urgent action is taken.
Graeme Taylor, who was secretary of the former Ovens and King River Trust, Fifteen Mile Creek Trust, Black Dog Creek Trust, Broken River Trust and chief executive officer of the Ovens River Management Board (North East Waterways) and operations manager/business manager of the North East Catchment Management Authority, called on government to fund traditional river management works after recent flood events on the Ovens River.
“The recent statements by NECMA staff that the natural process is for rivers and creeks to move across floodplains, is alarming,” Mr Taylor said.
“Get ready for public and private assets (bridges, roads, property) to be by-passed or swept away.
“Their suggestion of mapping flood events will be handy for landholders, if they want to know what land they have lost and where it has gone downstream.”