Hart Street and Hobler's Bridge to get flood levee wall

LEVEE:  A flood levee wall will be constructed by City of Launceston to protect residents in the Hobler's Bridge Road and Hart Street areas of Newstead.
LEVEE: A flood levee wall will be constructed by City of Launceston to protect residents in the Hobler's Bridge Road and Hart Street areas of Newstead.

A levee wall to protect residents in Hart Street and Hobler’s Bridge will be constructed after City of Launceston secured federal funding for the project.

The levee wall at Newstead was one of several flood projects aldermen were updated on at the council’s strategic planning and policy committee (SPPC) meeting on Monday.

Tenders for the new levee wall are expected to be advertised in the near future. The council was not given an exact date at the meeting.

A new gate at the East Launceston levee wall at Glebe has also been installed and another two gates will soon be ready for upgrade.

The authority is working with stakeholders to allow them to access the land and will explore legislative council powers for access to conduct works if necessary.

City of Launceston will also install CCTV after the council was successful in gaining funding from the federal government’s disaster resilience funding program.

The CCTV cameras will be placed in strategic areas to monitor flood waters in real time.

A hydrological study has also been commissioned to review the North and South Esk river catchments.

The study has started and the results will provide the council with the latest up-to-date modelling information.

One of the major flood projects that has been commissioned by the City of Launceston is a flood intelligence system, which is designed to present key flood inputs and outputs to better inform and plan response activity.

General manager Robert Dobrynski has also written to Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding to express concerns about the impact of flooding on the West Tamar Highway after the June floods.

A request was made to investigate flood mitigation options for the area because of the impact flood events have on residents when large sections of the highway are under water.

The report to the council reported Mr Hidding had advised the council no major works will be undertaken in the future to alleviate the impacts on the highway.

He said Tasmania Police would provide traffic management until it was unsafe to do so.

However, Mr Hidding did indicate any major works in the future would take flooding into account in design.

The report was received by the council without any comment from alderman at the SPPC meeting.