Flood-proof bill hits $17m

THE Launceston City Council needs to spend at least $17.8million over the next five years to stop major flooding problems that have been identified around the city following heavy winter and spring downfalls.

The council's infrastructure department predicts that it will cost $7 million to stop flooding on the corner of Stanley and Ingamells streets at Summerhill, $5.7 million to stop flooding at Kings Meadows businesses, $2 million to stop flooding at Glen Dhu, and $1 million to stop flooding at two private premises in Gaunt Street, Invermay.

The council has identified 13 projects to minimise flooding risk in the suburbs, to be worked through until 2016-17.

It will spend $600,000 this financial year on drainage improvements to Hobart Road and $50,000 on improvements to the Nunamina Avenue subcatchment.

The council has estimated that it would need to spend $1.27 million next financial year on:

•A detention basin enlargement at Kings Meadows High School ($600,000).

•Erosion at Punchbowl ($600,000).

•Improvements to the McHugh Street subcatchment ($75,000).

The department predicts that the work all up could cost $27 million up until 2017-18.

The council has asked both the state government and the opposition to provide $5.65 million for flood remediation work at Kings Meadows in the wake of next year's election.

Launceston has experienced seven big rainfall events since July with almost every suburb affected in some way by flooding.

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