The Western Australian Government has announced that construction works on the $60 million Carnarvon flood mitigation levee system has begun.


The project will see flood mitigation works conducted in the Carnarvon horticultural district, which will reduce the impact of flooding on the region.


State Regional Development Minister, Brendon Grylls, and Water Minister Bill Marmion said the ground ceremony for the Carnarvon Stage 2 flood mitigation marked a major milestone for flood protection works in the region.


“We saw the devastating effect of flooding in this important food growing area only two years ago,” Mr Grylls said.


“The construction of this new levee system will significantly reduce flood damage to crops and provide increased food security to West Australians and export markets by improving the level of flood protection for the Carnarvon horticultural industry.”


Mr Grylls said the $60million project was funded through $45million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program in addition to $15million through the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.