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Griffith City Council and Murrumbidgee Irrigation will provide residents with an update on the East Mirrool Regulator (EMR) next week at Yenda.

Griffith City Council Mayor John Dal Broi is encouraging residents to attend the public meeting on Tuesday, 18 September 2018, at 7.30pm at the Yenda Diggers Club.

The forum will be an opportunity for community members to have any questions they may have answered.

Council’s Draft EMR Emergency Breaching Protocols and Decision Support Framework report is currently out on public exhibition. This document establishes the protocols to be followed in the event of any future flooding of Mirrool Creek including emergency breaching of the Main Canal, if required.

Councillor Dal Broi said “the protocols provide guidance as to how the responsible authorities can and should manage operation of the flood gates and emergency breaching of the Main Canal embankments at the EMR in response to a flood event”.

“The development of these protocols provides an understanding as to the impact of the emergency management of Mirrool Creek flood waters,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“Importantly it provides the necessary knowledge to enable stakeholders to commit to an agreed process for the response to flooding of Mirrool Creek and to understand the impacts of the actions that are to be taken.”

It also includes discussion of key information and techniques that provide the necessary decision support framework to inform the effective adherence to the protocols.

The report is structured in a chronological format reflective of the decision process that would be undertaken during a flood event such as advanced warning and preparation, flood event monitoring and response and emergency breaching.

It also outlines the specific roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the emergency flood response to an expected event on Mirrool Creek, including Griffith City Council, Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI), Bureau of Meteorology, State Emergency Service and Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Office of Water.

An electronic copy of the EMR Emergency Breaching Protocols and Decision Support Framework report is available on Council’s website by using the following link within the public exhibition section or alternatively a hard copy can be viewed at the Council Chambers and the Griffith City Library during normal office hours.

Anyone wishing to make a submission on the report can do so in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Griffith City Council. Submissions will be received up to 4 pm, Thursday 4 October 2018.

Please contact Kathleen Calabria (Administration Officer – Utilities) for further information on 6962 8100.