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Attorney-General inspects progress of the Launceston flood levee



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

GEOFF LYONS MP Member for Bass

MEDIA RELEASE

16 October 2012

ATTORNEY-GENERAL INSPECTS PROGRESS OF THE LAUNCESTON FLOOD LEVEE

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management, Nicola Roxon and Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons today toured the site of the Launceston Flood Levee project and received an update from the local Council on the progress of the project.

“The Launceston Flood Levee is designed to protect the community from the type of devastating floods that struck Invermay in 1929 and saw 4000 people lose their homes,” Ms Roxon said.

“Since 2007, the Australian Government has contributed $19.75 million to the project which includes construction to rebuild more than seven kilometres of ageing flood levees.

“The project has been funded under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program and is designed to protect the local community from the impact of one-in-200 year flood.”

Local Federal Member for Bass Geoff Lyons said this is a very significant project to the local community and the levee plays a role in protecting the community, homes and businesses.

“By funding this work, the Government will provide local residents with security and peace of mind, safeguarding Launceston’s infrastructure, cultural institutions and vital transport arteries,” Mr Lyons said.

“This investment to protect our city adds to the huge investment that the Federal Labor Government has already made in education, by supporting every school in Bass and the historic investment that we have made in health.”

The Natural Disaster Resilience Program aims to identify and address natural disaster risk priorities across the nation. Funds are available for a range of projects that contribute to safer, sustainable communities.

“The targeted funding under this program significantly increases community capacity in the face of natural disasters,” Ms Roxon said.

Since the program started in 2009, the Australian Government has invested over $24 million in Tasmania for projects that assist the state in preparing for disasters, including the $19.75 million Launceston Flood Levee Infrastructure Project and $4.7 million for other disaster mitigation activities.

The project is administered by the Tasmanian State Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience. Australian Government funding is being matched by the Tasmanian Government and Launceston City Council.

Further information on the Natural Disaster Resilience Program can be found at www.ema.gov.au.

For all media enquiries, please contact the Attorney-General’s Office on 02 6277 7300 or Mr Lyons’ office on 03 6334 7033