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Labor's new flood mitigation plan.

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The Hon Simon Crean MP

Shadow Industry and Regional Development Minister

Manager of Opposition Business


29 September 1998




A Beazley Labor Government will provide an additional $30 million for flood mit igation measures across Australia, Shadow Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean said today.


Labor’s Federation Flood Mitigation Scheme will be funded out of the Centenary of Federation Fund.


It will provide assistance for both urban and rural flood mitigation works. The Scheme, to be administered out of the Regional Development portfolio, will be application-driven, and will seek matching formula funding from State and Local Governments.


The types of projects that will benefit from funding under the Scheme include:


·  the Lismore Flood Mitigation Project


·  the Upper Parramatta River Catchment Flood Mitigation Works


·  The Peninsula Flood Mitigation and Drainage Works (including Woy Woy, Umina and Ettalong)


·  the Maitland Flood Mitigation Works.


The Coalition broke its promise to increase floodplain management prior to the 1996 election, instead reducing funding and completely axing urban flood mitigation projects.


Recent flood events throughout the country have amply illustrated the need for governments to invest in flood management measures. In New South Wales alone, in July and August, in areas such as Wollongong, Bathurst, Narrabri and Tamworth, 2,560 people had to be evacuated from their homes and close to 2,000 homes and commercial premises experienced some flood damage.


Labor’s initiative recognises the importance of working to prevent floods. In government we will work with State and Local Governments and local communities to determine how best Labor’s Federation Flood Mitigation Scheme will be used to minimise flood damage in urban and rural areas.


Contact: Phillip Tardif 0419 491 166