94 housing lots for Chisholm and flood evacuation routes on the agenda for Tuesday's Maitland council meeting

An evacuation route for Oakhampton Heights residents during times of flooding, will come under scrutiny at Tuesday night’s Maitland City Council meeting.

Cr Philip Penfold.

Cr Philip Penfold.

Cr Philip Penfold will raise the issue, asking if there have been any discussions with property owners in the area regarding the matter.

His question comes just a week short of the 63rd anniversary of the devastating 1955 flood.

In a report, Cr Penfold asks: “What is the status of consideration and discussions with property owners, to allow for controlled access to leave Oakhampton Heights via Walka Water Works in time of flooding?”

In response, Council’s Infrastructure and Works Manager Chris James said that after the 2016 flood council resolved to prepare a report detailing suitable options for the provision of access to Oakhampton Heights in time of flood and to hold a briefing on flood access across the Maitland Local Government Area.

Cr Penfold could not be contacted for further comment.

“Council has undertaken investigations on available options for improvements and provision of access during times of flood for Oakhampton Heights residents,” Mr James said. He said further information and clarification on some issues were still being sought.

An application by Avid Residential Estates Pty Ltd, to create 94 residential lots of Billabong Parade, Chisholm is also up for discussion on Tuesday night. The development is recommended for approval.

The land is located between Harvest and Waterford County. The aim of the subdivision is to create additional residential lots and a major road link between the two estates.

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