The Territory Labor Government has released the first stage of tender for the construction of flood mitigation embankment and wall levees, ensuring Katherine North properties will be better protected.
The 2021 Budget has allocated $10 million to the Katherine Flood Mitigation works, with the recommended measures to:
- increase Katherine's flood resilience; and
- improve flood protection of Katherine residential areas in flooding events up to a 1 in 20 year event.
"We remember the Katherine flood in January 1998 where more than 1,000 square kilometres were covered in water. This government does not want see something like that again," Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler said.
"Investing in this project will not only support jobs and local business, it will also protect residents, their properties and their businesses into the future from flooding events."
Flood modelling has identified the levee banks and upgraded drainage will provide the greatest reduction in flood impact for the smaller flood events.
The final levee works includes a combination of earth embankments, concrete walls and a temporary levee for road crossings.
The northern section flood levee is the first stage of works and will:
- run from the northern side of Knotts Crossing Resort and Caravan Park, near the old Katherine Airstrip, along the eastern side of Katherine Town to the Stuart Highway; and
- prevent overflows from Lockheed Drain during the 20 year (72 hr) flood event.
The second stage of works in Katherine South will be a separate tender anticipated for release in 2022.
To view the tender for the northern section flood levee works, click here.
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