Rock wall to repair damage

Heavy rain caused flooding in September last year which washed away a walk bridge across Colac’s Barongarook Creek and damaged the Scout Hall.

Construction of a rock wall along the banks of Colac’s Barongarook Creek, damaged by floods 11 months ago, is set to start later this year.

Heavy rain and flooding on September 14 last year damaged the creek banks, paths, Colac’s Scout Hall and Lions Park, and destroyed a walk-bridge over the creek.

But a joint rock wall project between Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and Colac Otway Shire Council aims to protect the area from future flooding.

The project, designed to withstand a one-in-100-year flood, will involve large round basalt rocks strategically positioned along the Barongarook Creek in the areas that sustained the most damage in the September flood.

Shire mayor Chris Potter said the priority was to protect both the Lions Park and the Colac Scout Hall from any further erosion of the Barongarook Creek

“Last year’s flood was close to a one-in-20-year flood event and the rushing water took out a considerable chunk of the creek bank near the Scout Hall, as well as the footbridge linking the Lions Park to the common area near the Scout Hall,” Cr Potter said.

“This rock beaching will prevent future widening or deepening of the creek in the Lions Park area and we’re really pleased to work with Corangamite CMA on this project.

“Council will install a new footbridge once the rock beaching project is complete.”

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