Community information sessions will be held in Orbost and Marlo this Thursday, November 10, to discuss recent flood events and the outlook for the Snowy River catchment.
East Gippsland Shire Council has organised the information sessions to provide flood-impacted residents, farmers and businesses along the lower Snowy River, Orbost and Marlo the opportunity to access information from agencies such as Agriculture Victoria and Rural Financial Counselling Services.
Meetings on Thursday, November 10, will be held at:
Representatives from the following agencies will provide a short presentation and be available to answer questions:
Tea and coffee will be provided.
Farmers and landholders along the Snowy River catchment have had consecutive flood events over the past 12 months with limited time to recover. The Victorian Government has announced financial support for primary producers and rural landholders and Agriculture Victoria staff will be in attendance for the community to seek advice in gaining support.
The Snowy Hydro Scheme is at 100 per cent capacity and early last week saw overspills from the Jindabyne Dam for the first time since it was built. The outlook continues to be wet and the expectation is that flood events may continue until at least Christmas, particularly where continuing releases from Jindabyne coincide with rainfall.
For residents, farmers and businesses along the lower reaches of the Snowy River, Orbost and Marlo, this means that there may be more, and swifter,river rises causing road closures and land inundation. Roads may be covered in silt and debris and there will be ongoing clean-up work; please drive to the conditions.