North Road, Ormond, level crossing - Melbourne Water (21.2.2017)
Written on the 23 March 2017
North Road, Ormond, level crossing
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water, Lisa Neville in the other place, and it relates to a flooding incident on 29 December 2016 in the area of Cadby Avenue and Murray Road in Ormond. This area was flooded in 2011, and it was a significant rain event; around 140 millimetres of rain fell at that time. Water levels rose very quickly but subsided very quickly. In December 2016 there was only 40 millimetres of rain, but the waters subsided very slowly and caused much more damage than that flood event of 2011.
In 2014 Melbourne Water investigated what was going on and the pipes that were required and gave some advice in relation to mitigation of flood risk around that area. But with the change of government and the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) works that have occurred for the North Road, Ormond, level crossing, it appears that the LXRA have taken control of the pipes and the sites and that Melbourne Water has had very little to do with their assets.
The question I would like the minister to provide me with answers to is: what investigation has been undertaken by Melbourne Water since 2014 and, more recently, have they been requested to undertake any investigations in relation to the latest flood event?