Long standing plans to safeguard Holbrook homes from future major flooding events have scored a federal budget boost.
Greater Hume Shire is the recipient of $4.58 million to build levee banks on the southern edge of Ten Mile Creek which experienced some of the worst flooding in the town's history in 2010.
The federal government is providing $50 million for projects under the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program with Holbrook one of 22 projects chosen in NSW to better prepare towns for future floods.
"Recent flood events at Holbrook have caused enormous problems at that bottom end of town particularly," member for Farrer Sussan Ley said.
"So I am delighted this money has finally come through.
"Among some very big funding announcements our government is making this week it's great to be able to deliver assistance which makes a huge difference to the community."
Greater Hume Shire general manager Steve Pinnuck last night welcomed the federal funding confirmed on budget day.
"I think there were in excess of 40 homes damaged by the floods in 2010," he said.
"They were primarily in that south eastern corner of Holbrook in the Macinnes Street, Bardwell Street area.
"We've been methodically working through various stages of the flood mitigation funding processes.
"Because of the size of this project it was referred to the federal government for possible funding and we've been successful which is great news."
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The October 2010 event was reportedly the highest Ten Mile Creek flood since 1887 when the Sydney Morning Herald reported floodwaters were 60 centimetres deep along the main street and in many houses.
But, multiple houses along Ten Mile Creek were flooded over floor with two homes more than 120 years old being flooded for the first time in 2010.
Businesses at the southern end of the town were also impacted by the floods with damage bills running into the millions of dollars.
There was another flood in Holbrook in 2012, but not to the same extent as two years earlier.
Culcairn and Henty were other Greater Hume townships to experience major flooding in 2010.
The Holbrook works which were awaiting funding compromise three major components.
They are a levee on Hay Street, which will involve reconstruction of the street, another levee along Macinnes Street and a five-cell culvert structure near the exit off the Hume Freeway at the southern end of the town.
Meanwhile, Ms Ley, in her capacity as acting minister for women, will be spelling out details today of the government's $351.6 million investment to support women's health.
The strategy's priority areas are maternal, sexual and reproductive health, healthy ageing, chronic conditions and preventive health, mental health, and the health impacts of violence against women and girls.
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