Heathcote Junction resident Shane Gunn would like to see council maintain Merri Creek overflow near Heathcote Junction to prevent Junction Road from entirely flooding.

By Evelyn Leckie

HEATHCOTE Junction resident Shane Gunn is calling for Mitchell Shire to prevent future flooding on Junction Road, after Merri Creek made the road impassable on the weekend of April 4 and 5.

Mr Gunn said only sturdy four-wheel drives could get through the flooded road, with smaller cars left stranded.

The frustrated resident said a newly-built gas hub that was built on the overflow section of Merri Creek had caused overflow to continue further onto the road.

A gas hub near Merri Creek is diverting overflow onto Junction Road, making it impassable.

“The moment it rains heavily, which is a couple of times a year, the river overflows onto Junction Road,” Mr Gunn said.

“The hub shouldn’t have been built there in the first place, something needs to be done to return its flow to its original course, and not onto Junction Road.”

Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe said council’s top priority after a storm that caused damage was to ensure the community was safe and roads were reopened as quickly as possible.

“Council responded to calls from residents about the impacts of rain on Junction Road, Heathcote Junction,” he said.

“Council completed safety works to ensure safe passage through the area – along with a number of other council-managed roads throughout the community”

Cr Lowe said the council managed more than 1700 kilometres of public roads.

“Council staff, contractors and SES volunteers work day and night to ensure roads are safe to re-open and it can take several hours or days if damage is widespread.” he said.

“Council has also commenced a discussion with the owners of the natural gas assets in this area to talk about the drainage concerns.”

People concerned about damage caused by natural disasters, can contact council on 5734 6200.