FUNDING FOR WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROJECT AT ROCKY MOUTH CREEK & TUCKOMBIL
Member for Lismore Thomas George, Minister for the Environment Rob Stokes, and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres today announced Richmond River County Council has been awarded $34,000 for a water quality monitoring project at Rocky Mouth Creek and Tuckombil.
“The Rocky Mouth creek floodgates are the main exit point for floodwaters and provide protection from floods in the main river,” Mr George said.
“The Tuckombil canal management study recognised in 2007 that floodgate management is a priority. This water quality monitoring project will trigger the opening and closing of the floodgates.”
Mr Stokes said the project is funded under the 2014/2015 round of the NSW Floodplain Management Program, and the Floodplain Risk Management Grant Scheme.
“A total of $16,338,131 is being made available to local councils and other authorities for 51 new projects across NSW,” Mr Stokes said.
“The NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on communities and to reduce public and private losses resulting from floods.”
Minister Ayres said the Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme is a part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, which is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
“The Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme provides financial support to councils and other land managers to prepare and implement floodplain risk management plans to reduce damage and loss that floods can cause,” Mr Ayres said.
“The projects funded under this program will also help to save lives and property, and help communities prepare for the impacts of flooding.”