The completion of the Nickol Bay levee, part of flood mitigation works in Carnarvon, was officially marked with a ceremony in June and was attended by a number of dignitaries.
The $60 million project was funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program ($45 million) and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund ($15 million).
Rangelands NRM Indigenous Projects Manager Bevan Gray attended the event and said the flood mitigation project achieves important outcomes for the Gascoyne region and for the State which includes reducing flood damage toward the Carnarvon horticultural industry and providing benefits to State Government’s Gascoyne Foodbowl Initiative and Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan.
The event was officiated by the Hon. Terry Redman MLA Minister for Regional Development; Lands and the Hon. Mia Davies MLA Minister for Water, Melissa Price Federal Member for Durack, Karl Brandenburg Carnarvon Shire President ably led by Vince Catania MLA Member for Northwest Central. All provided glowing endorsement of the project in their speeches particularly the quicker than anticipated finish to the project which generally is not the norm in major infrastructure projects.
“The good folk of the Gascoyne and the partnering contractors worked extremely hard to beat the deadline and deserve to be commended for those wonderful efforts,” Mr Gray said.
Mr Gray was invited to attend the official Completion of Works ceremony through is role as Board Director Regional Development Australia Midwest/Gascoyne, now in his second term. He got to engage with several local identities which included discussions on future Indigenous NRM opportunities for the region.
“The Gascoyne community continues to amaze with their constant resilience, determination and ability to get back up when knocked down.”
“This project reinforces the need to protect valuable infrastructure and assets like the incredible top soils of the plantation precinct.”
“Too often the top soils have been washed into the Indian Ocean during flood events,” Mr Gray said.
“Recovery has taken over twelve months in the past and with extreme events like the 2010 flood anticipated to be more likely, this new levee system will save lots of resources in the future.”
“A fantastic outcome for a fantastic region full of fantastic people.”
After the formalities the gathering ventured back to town and enjoyed drinks and refreshments at the Carnarvon Yacht Club.
Image: Opening of Carnarvon levee bank system - RDA Geraldton staff and members with local member Melissa Price (left) and Rangelands NRM Bevan Gray (right)