7 December 2017 - media release
The Campaspe Shire Council has recently been advised that a $1.3 million funding application to the Federal Government for construction of a new retaining wall, north of the Echuca Wharf, has been unsuccessful.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston, said council was seeking funding through the National Disaster Financial Assistance Fund and advice that the application has been unsuccessful is very disappointing news for council.
“We lodged the application earlier this year and have been actively working with the department to provide additional information and specialist advice since this time,” Cr Weston.
The project involves the full replacement of an 80-metre section of the retaining wall, north of the Echuca Wharf, which destabilised after floods and storms of mid-2016. The site includes a small section of an old retaining wall which is listed on the State Heritage Register.
Cr Weston said council staff will now review what options are available to secure funding to complete the project for discussion with council when it reconvenes in January 2018.
“An insurance claim has been made, however the outcome of this claim is not sufficient to meet the costs of the works required.”
The preferred tenant for the lease of adjoining building in Murray Esplanade has been advised of the outcome of the grant application and that council is working to find a suitable resolution for the long term interests of all parties, including ratepayers of the shire.