The State Government, five local councils and the Stormwater Management Authority have come to an agreement on the $140 million infrastructure project that will protect some of Adelaide’s most at risk areas from flooding.
The Brown Hill and Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Project aims to safeguard 98% of the properties in the aforementioned regions from flooding and has been in the planning stage for the past 10 years.
During the construction phase of the project, up to 73 jobs will be made available to local workers; with the State Government estimating that the plan will yield more than $240 million in benefits for the community thanks to its focus on damage and disruption mitigation. Water and River Murray Minister Ian Hunter spoke of his pleasure that an agreement had finally been reached, but stressed that further investment may be needed.
“The State Government is pleased that a comprehensive plan has been finalised by the five catchment councils that will mitigate the flooding risk from the major watercourses across the Brown Hill Keswick Creek region.
“This will be welcome news for the local community, particularly in light of recent significant rainfall events in which homes were threatened by flooding.
“Given the mitigation of flood impacts on the Adelaide Airport and the extent to which the works will reduce the need for costly compensation from a future flood event in the catchment, there is clearly an argument for joint investment by the Commonwealth,” Mr Hunter said.
Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project chair Terry Buss said that it is now time for works to begin, after a protracted planning stage.
“Approval of the stormwater management plan and certainty of State funding is a major milestone and welcome news for the wider community.
“Crucially, it provides an opportunity to get on with works that will ultimately improve the standard of flood protection for homes and properties across the catchment.
“It’s been a complex project requiring an enormous amount of work and collaboration between the five catchment councils, their communities and many other stakeholders.”
The State Government has committed to funding 50% of the project over the next two decades.
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