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5m drainage upgrade to start within weeks THE most significant drainage works in Mildura for at least a decade will begin within weeks. The works are part of Mildura Rural City Council's $8.5 million drainage upgrade commitment which Mildura Mayor John Arnold says will alleviate problems that had been a "disaster" for many years. Council allocated the funds in response to a severe storm event in February last year, which followed heavy rainfall in the preceding two months and contributed to significant flooding of private property and public infrastructure throughout Sunraysia. The funding will be provided through council's rate revenue over the Nike Tanjun Shoes Mens - Dark Blue/White financial years to upgrade critical stormwater infrastructure to provide increased capacity and reduce the likelihood of future flooding events. The works are in addition to about $14 million worth of road, footpath and cycling track repairs which council had successfully sought funding through the Commonwealth Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Program. Up to 300mm of rain fell in a 12 hour period in February last year and inundated businesses, houses and major infrastructure and Cr Arnold yesterday said he was pleased that after months of behind the scenes work, physical activity "on the ground" could now get under way. Mayor John Arnold said the planned works formed a significant part of the flood recovery plan. "I am sure everyone will be pleased to learn this substantial new work, worth millions of dollars, has moved on from the design phase and is about to begin on the ground," Cr Arnold said. "It is not only an important step in our recovery process, but also significant in terms of building our future confidence." Cr Arnold said $400,000 worth of urgent works had been completed 12 months on from the flooding as planned and council was now ready to proceed with the "big ticket items". Contracts have been awarded for several projects, including an overhaul of the stormwater drainage system along Etiwanda Avenue and major new drainage infrastructure between the Telfer Wetlands and Fifteenth Street, Mildura South. About 40km of pedestrian and cycle paths will also be restored and rehabilitated across the municipality in the next few months. Cr Arnold said Etiwanda Avenue, between Seventh and Ninth Streets, had been a priority since the devastating floods of late 2010 and early 2011 which caused major damage to both municipal and private property. "By improving stormwater pipes in the area, we aim to reduce the chances of streets and businesses being flooded by stormwater during heavy storm events," he said. "The work aims to also reduce the flood risk south of the Etiwanda Avenue and Ninth Street intersection, while improving the amenity and overall community safety of the area." The complex work, which involves coordinating with a range of agencies, is expected to take about four months to complete. "We will be working hard to communicate with the community throughout this construction phase, keeping people well informed in relation to the sequence of works and also, of course, possible limitations to access," Mr Arnold said.

Locally based earthmoving, drainage and road construction company to carry out the work, Waters Excavators Pty Ltd, has pre qualification accreditation with MRCC, VicRoads and Lower Murray Water. "I think we can be confident the work will be completed on time and to a high standard," Mr Arnold said. Cr Arnold said the works would follow much behind the scenes work which included assessing the scope of works as well as post flood damage, funding applications and works required, calling for tenders and then considering and awarding of tenders. Meanwhile, council will be funding the installation of new drainage pipe between Telfer Wetlands and Fifteenth Street at Mildura South. It is anticipated the work, to be carried out by Mildura based Capogreco Excavations, will also take about four months to complete. The proposed drainage system covering the catchment area between Deakin Avenue and San Mateo from Sixteenth to Fifteenth Streets has been designed to take the pressure off existing stormwater pipes and to accommodate future development in this area. This article appeared in Saturday's Sunraysia Daily 3 3 2012. Latest News The good, the bad,Nike Roshe Run Mens the ugly: what new parents really thinkNYT magazine asks readers whether they kill baby HitlerFairfax Media journalists win at United Nations Media Peace AwardsPeter Garrett on not selling out, his ode to Sydney and the Oils getting back togetherBill Shorten starts to become an issue for Labor Out on bail: Man terrifies salon patrons and staff just hours after appearing in courtNightmare: Burn off blaze sparks call for extreme caution as temperatures soarNikki action: Inquiry into toddler's death could bring changes to child protectionHeartbroken father pays tribute to "little angel"Not at peace: We're a punching bag, says councillor.

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