A MEETING of concerned residents in Epsom to discuss Epsom-Huntly’s drainage issues has resolved to ask the City of Greater Bendigo to not allow any future multi-lot housing subdivisions until the flood risk to properties has been ascertained.
The Epsom-Huntly Drainage Committee called the meeting after a breakdown in communication with the North-Central Catchment Management Authority, about how to fix the flood risk to the area from Back Creek and Bendigo Creek.
The committee says new housing developments are causing a flood risk in run-off on to existing properties.
Epsom-Huntly Drainage Committee member Lindsay Sargent said they were “rapt” with the attendance at the meeting, well attended by 130 people and 29 apologies.
It was a very positive meeting he said, with many questions asked and attended by many concerned residents as well as the three ward councillors.
“It covered all the issues we wanted to cover," he said.
"I think that number of people who attended is an indication of how people are feeling about this issue.”
Before the public meeting, the committee also met with Water Minister Peter Walsh and had a productive meeting with the North Central CMA, which gave a presentation to the public meeting.
The public meeting moved and carried three motions unanimously:
* That this meeting of concerned residents request The City of Greater Bendigo Council not to allow any future multi-lot subdivisions until it can be proved to the community's satisfaction that such subdivisions do not have a direct flooding impact on neighbouring properties or impact adversely on downstream flooding.
* When the Greater City of Bendigo Council has the flood study data available, we request that they carry out a full drainage plan for the Epsom–Huntly areas that include, the Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Racecourse and Back Creeks, and surrounding areas.
The object should be to minimise the flooding impact to residents. To carry out this task, we ask that Council involve the elected Epsom - Huntly Drainage Committee community representatives.
*That council be asked to identify weak spots in the levy bank of the Bendigo Creek and to expeditiously repair these identified areas.