Emerald flood levee property purchase negotiations begin
HOME owners in the path of the Emerald flood protection levees can commence formal purchase negotiation following the adoption of the Emerald Flood Protection Scheme Acquisition Policy by Central Highlands Regional Council this week.
One of the seven flood related resolutions passed by council on June 24, 2015, the policy was promised to give home owners some certainty and clarity around the process of property acquisition.
Central Highlands Deputy Mayor, Cr Gail Nixon said construction of levees and associated infrastructure means council will need to purchase a number of properties.
"Because the final number and extent of the acquisitions won't be known until the location and design of the levees is determined, which could be some time and leaves people in limbo, it's only fair and reasonable that we begin the process now," she explained.
"Given that not all property owners' circumstances are the same, we want to take a flexible approach to the decision making.
"Each and every person who, based on current information, is likely to be directly affected by the project will be invited to discuss their options. 'To do this we have appointed an engagement team comprised of the Chief Executive Officer and myself to represent the council in one-on-one discussions with landowners for three months starting now.
"In addition, we are appointing an advisory panel that includes a registered valuer, a qualified solicitor, two councillors and the General Manager of Infrastructure and Utilities."
"Councillor Nixon also advised that acquisitions would not occur unless a final decision had been made to proceed with the construction of levees.
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