Eastern Courier Messenger, Adelaide by EMMA ALTSCHWAGER14 Aug 2013General News -RATEPAYERS will be slugged an extra $25 million for a project to flood proof Brown Hill and Keswick creeks if Federal funding is not secured.
In February, the Stormwater Management Authority (SMA) signed off on a $148 million plan to flood proof 7000 houses along the two waterways.
Burnside Mayor David Parkin said a promise of Commonwealth cash in the lead-up to the September 7 Federal Election would relieve the funding burden on eastern ratepayers.
"Ideally, a third funding split between all tiers of government would be the best outcome that lessens the burden on our ratepayers," Mr Parkin said.
"If Federal assistance is provided, it may save Burnside residents as much as $3.5 million over the term of the project." Brown Hill Kewsick Creek Stormwater Management Project director Michael Salkeld said the five catchment councils Burnside, Mitcham, Unley, West Torrens and Adelaide City - and the SMA were negotiating state funding and pursuing federal funding so the cost would be split in thirds.
"The project councils are working on the basis that they will obtain a Federal Government funding contribution for project construction," Mr Salkeld said.
Implementing the plan is expected to take 10 years.
The first flood protection plan for Brownhill and Keswick creeks was put forward in 2006 with a pricetag of $105 million.
Project director Michael Salkeld has a 10-year plan to flood proof the Adelaide plains