WE’LL believe it when we see it, Carisbrook business owners said following an announcement of flood levee construction works.
The central Victorian town’s residents have been calling for the area’s flood risk to be reduced since it was inundated with water in 2011.
The Central Goldfields Shire Council on Monday announced further works as part of the $2.25 million Carisbrook Flood Mitigation Project.
A flood levee will be built from Landrigan Road east towards McCallums Creek, in line with Williams Road.
The works build on the construction of a flood levee along Williams Road, and activity at Pleasant Street.
Material from a stockpile site in Pleasant Street will be moved to the levee construction site off Landrigan Road, adjacent to Williams Road.
The council has urged people to obey all road work signage and directions during the works, which are expected to take about three weeks.
But Carisbrook Disaster Recovery Committee member and former councillor Helen Broad said the project was still a long way from alleviating the community’s concerns.
“If the same event happened as what happened in 2011, where we’ve got overland flooding, we have nothing in place to protect the community,” she said.
Carisbrook publican David Kolevas, of the Britannia Hotel, said the community felt let down by the shire.
“We've had a lot of promises but nothing's been done,” he said.
“It’ll be welcome news if they were to do something.”
He was unimpressed by the completed works, which included raising Pleasant Street.
“It’s not gonna do anything,” Mr Kolevas said.
The Britannia Hotel, on Green Street, was closed for about 14 months after the floods of 2011.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” Carisbrook hairdresser Jacinta Leech said of the works.
“It’s just appalling to think we’ve gone almost seven years and the community can’t feel any safer or better off than when it happened last time.”
Ms Leech’s hair salon, Jacinta’s Hair Stylists, was also flooded in 2011.
About 275 homes were swamped, and approximately 800 people were displaced.
Residents last year had reason to fear they were set for a repeat of the devastation of 2011, as flood waters rose.
But the threat subsided.
The state government contributed $1.735 million to the Carisbrook Flood Mitigation Project, along with $250,000 from the federal government and $270,000 from the Central Goldfields Shire.
Planning is underway for the remaining parts of the flood levy works, to the west of Carisbrook.
The Central Goldfields Shire Council has been contacted for comment.