Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Stories of the 2010 Gascoyne flood released

    17/12/2015 9:00 AM
     
    • High Water and Hope tells the stories of Gascoyne locals from 2010 flood
    • Made possible by Royalties for Regions 

    Five years since the Gascoyne region was devastated by a one in hundred-year flood, the community has released a book and DVD capturing the stories of locals who lived through the disaster.

     

    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the book and DVD, High Water and Hope, was a telling recount of the rebuild and recovery process and had been funded through the State Government's Royalties for Regions' Regional Grants Scheme.

     

    "This book and DVD is a testimony to the resilience and strength of the Carnarvon and Upper Gascoyne residents who rebuilt and continue to live and work along the Gascoyne River," Mr Redman said.

     

    "High Water and Hope reveals the incredible level of community spirit and the collaboration of State and Federal agencies, industry and local organisations that rallied to assist the affected."

     

    The total damage of the 2010 disaster was estimated to be at least $100 million.  It caused major disruptions to essential services, damaged roads and also severely affected pastoral stations, plantations and businesses.

     

    Royalties for Regions invested $8 million in the rebuild of the Gascoyne Junction town centre, which was decimated during the flood disaster, and a further $45 million towards the $60 million flood mitigation levees to protect Carnarvon's vital horticultural industry from future floods. Both projects were officially opened in June 2014.

     

    The book is on sale for $30 and will be available from the Gascoyne Junction Community Resource Centre, Shire of Upper Gascoyne and the Carnarvon Visitor Centre.

     

    Fact File

    • The Gascoyne River peaked on December 20, 2010 at 7.8 meters at the Nine Mile Bridge gauging station
    • Federal Government's Regional Development Australia Fund contributed $15m to the $60m Carnarvon flood mitigation project 

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