Council raises flood management concerns for Wellington Cemetery

Dubbo Regional Council has raised concerns with flood waters impacting the Wellington Cemetery and is working with relevant authorities to ensure the cemetery is protected from water inundation from the Bell River.

Dubbo Regional Council Civil Services Manager Don Cottee said there are a range of issues relating to the management of the Bell River Flats with various land holders and land management agencies involved.

“The current water issues that are causing Council significant concern in the Wellington Cemetery are the result of two rain events in the past month that have had a more significant impact on the cemetery compared to previous floods,” Mr Cottee said.

“The impacts on the cemetery have been caused by cuts in levees on adjoining properties not managed by Council,” Mr Cottee said.

“Council has reported these cuts to the Department of Primary Industries, Water which is the relevant consent authority,” he said.

“An application to replace the notch cut in the levee is also under consideration in order to restore the levee protection and enable Council to repair damage to the cemetery without further risk of inundation from future rain events,” Mr Cottee said.

“This matter is important to the long term protection of the cemetery and Council is committed to resolving the issue in consultation with the relevant authorities,” Mr Cottee said.

Last Edited: 16 Sep 2016

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