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Flood protection funding for Hay.



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6 September 2006 FLOOD PROTECTION FUNDING FOR HAY Hay will receive $75,000 in Australian Government funding for the rehabilitation of the Hay levee under the Regional Flood Mitigation Programme in 2006-07, The Nationals Member for Riverina, Kay Hull, announced today. “Hay has a long history of floods, some of them severe. Since 1952 there have been 27 floods equal to or greater than 7.5 metres so this funding is very welcome,” Mrs Hull said. Mrs Hull said the grant will be matched by the New South Wales Government and formed part of a total pool of $9.6 million that would be allocated nationally by the Australian Government under the Regional Flood Mitigation Programme in 2006-07. “This funding will restore the levees that protect Hay from floods,” Mrs Hull said. “Major elements of the project include building levee embankments and retarding basins as well works that will limit local overland flooding. “While we can’t control the forces of nature, we can be better prepared.” Mrs Hull said the economic and social benefits to be gained from effective mitigation measures should not be underestimated. “By spending money now we can anticipate delivering a 15 per cent rate of return - so spending on mitigation is an investment in the future,” Mrs Hull said. From 1 July 2007, the Regional Flood Mitigation Programme will be incorporated into the Natural Disaster Mitigation Programme, which identifies and addresses natural disaster risk priorities across the nation. Funds are available for a range of measures that contribute to safer, sustainable communities better able to withstand the effects of natural disasters. The programme is delivered through partnerships between all levels of government, with the Australian Government generally contributing up to onethird of approved project costs and state and territory governments and local agencies making up the balance. For more information about the Natural Disaster Mitigation Programme visit www.dotars.gov.au/disasters (End) For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.