$1.5m Naracoorte drainage boost

THE $1.5 million first stage of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council's town centre drainage project is almost assured to receive an extra boost from the Stormwater Management Authority.

The council was informally advised that an application submitted by the council to the authority has been successful in attracting $714,000 for the section of drainage from the Naracoorte Creek to the intersection of Jones and Robertson Sts.

This is on top of the amount already budgeted by the council for 2014/15.

At the Naracoorte Lucindale Council's August meeting on Tuesday the council's director of operations and technical services Steve Bourne reported information from a report by Tonkin Consulting and the community consultation in 2013 was used to prepare a grant funding application to the authority.

Particular issues raised during consultation included:

Managing winter rains during construction - council will endeavour to have the works completed during the dry months

Time span for the whole project - 4-5 stages over each financial year depending on the funding available from the Stormwater Management Authority

Plans for upgrades along Robertson St - The Robertson Street redevelopment will include an upgrade to the stormwater system together with landscaping to reduce runoff and harvest stormwater for the watering of street trees.

Work on the project would need to be completed during the summer months, starting as soon as possible once the external contractor for the project has has been selected.

Two motions were passed on Tuesday night regarding the project: one giving the mayor and chief executive officer permission to sign a contract to the value of the budget allocation of $1.5 million for stage one and another authorising the mayor and chief executive officer to sign and affix the council seal to the funding deed with the Stormwater Management Authority.

Shops in Smith St and Ormerod St have been prone to flooding in times of extreme rainfall - several times causing water damage to flooring and stock.

The current drainage network is old and was set in place when the Naracoorte township was a lot smaller.

Over the years as the town has grown the run-off into the drains has increased which has necessitated the upgrade.

Most of the work on the project will be underground, predominately upgrading pipe sizes, but some enlarging of side entry pits on the kerb will be done to increase the flow of surface water.