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Griffith City Council and Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) are pleased to announce the start of construction of new automated flood gates at the East Mirrool Regulator (EMR) at Yenda.

Council, Federal and State Governments have each contributed to the $1.2 million project which will see existing flood gates at the EMR in Yenda reinstated.

Griffith City Council Mayor John Dal Broi said “the gates will provide improved control of water flows and quicker recovery in case of flooding.”

“At the public meeting on 18, September 2018 we gave an outline of the Draft EMR Emergency Breaching Protocols and Decision Support Framework report,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“It was an extremely positive night and it was good to see the Yenda community confident that Council is working to ensure the town is safe from future flooding.

“MI will maintain and operate these gates and Council would like to thank them for their ongoing involvement and work.”

The breaching 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 from Mirrool Creek flood waters.

Stakeholders including Council, MI, Bureau of Meteorology, State Emergency Service and Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Office of Water now have clear direction in all aspects of monitoring and responding to Mirrool Creek flood events.

Cr Dal Broi said he was pleased to see outstanding work had been done to prevent future flooding.

At the Floodplain Management Australia Conference in June Council staff received a Special Commendation in the ‘Flood Risk Management Project of the Year’ category for Council’s work in installing the first flood warning system in the Mirrool Creek Catchment.

Yenda Progress Association President, Kay Pellizzer, said she was pleased to see progress being made. 

“I was very, very pleased with it and really happy that something is getting done so that we won’t flood again,” Mrs Pellizzer said.

“It’s nice to think we won’t have to go through what we did in 2012.”

On the night Council also gave a presentation on the progressive redevelopment of Wade Park Yenda.