Federal and State Governments must stop further flood damage to Mersey River, which threatens Latrobe

Senator Lambie and Primary Producer David Bloomfield at the site where the Mersey broke its banks and tried to cut a new course towards Latrobe.

Senator Lambie and Primary Producer David Bloomfield at the site where the Mersey broke its banks and tried to cut a new course towards Latrobe.

JLN Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie is calling on both Federal and State Liberal Governments to listen carefully to the concerns of the Latrobe landowners and primary producers following Tasmania’s biggest floods in more than 60 years.

Senator Lambie visited local landowners at Latrobe, listened to what they had to say about a new flood threat to the township of Latrobe.

“The Latrobe landowners and primary producers are concerned the Mersey River will cut a new path, which will bypass existing bridges and eventually threaten the Latrobe Township,” Senator Lambie said.

“It is up to the Federal and Tasmanian Governments to work together to prevent this likely outcome, which would have a devastating impact on Latrobe and surrounding areas. The Federal and Tasmanian Government must come to the aid of the town and ensure funds are available to repair the banks of the Mersey River in key locations, so that during the next flood the river will not break its banks and cut a new path into the Latrobe Township,” Senator Lambie said.

“The Governments only need to spend a relatively small sum on river bank repair and flood mitigation now to save millions of dollars down the track.  I must emphasize that spending the money now with early intervention, will save many lives, businesses, and homes,” Senator Lambie said.