Floodplain management grants 2015–16

The funding for these projects comes from two programs, the NSW Floodplain Management Program and the Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme (the latter of which is jointly funded by the NSW Office of Emergency Management and the Commonwealth Government).

Sources of funding

SFMP: State Floodplain Management Program (15 projects totalling $4,934,048)

FRMGS: Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme (projects totalling $925,557 [with funding from the NSW Government of $462,778.50 and funding from the Commonwealth Government of $462,778.50])

Bankstown City Council

Continuation of Milperra Voluntary Purchase Scheme – Stage 4 (SFMP)                               

The Bankstown Voluntary Purchase Scheme originated from the Moorebank–Milperra Floodway Study. The study identified the area on the Bankstown side of the Georges River, downstream of the Milperra Bridge, as an extremely hazardous area and recommended Voluntary Purchase as the only flood management strategy for the area. A total of 25 properties were included in the scheme and Council has successfully purchased 21 of these. Stage four will focus on acquiring the remaining properties when available. 

Bathurst Regional Council

Kelso Voluntary Purchase (SFMP)                          

The Kelso Voluntary Purchase scheme identified nearly 100 residential properties on the Kelso floodplain which were at high risk of flooding.  Council has purchased and demolished a significant number of these properties. This project will continue purchasing the remaining properties if they become available. 

Bathurst Flood Mitigation – Construction of Perthville Levee (FRMGS)  

Perthville Town levee is the final stage of the Bathurst Flood Mitigation project. Since 1999, implementation of actions in the Bathurst and Perthville Floodplain Management Plan has seen the construction of approximately 10 kilometres of earthen and concrete levees at a cost of around $12 million.

Cowra Shire Council

West Cowra Detention Basin and Waratah Street Diversion Pipeline – Investigation (SFMP)    

The project will involve completion of detailed investigation and design work for the construction of a detention basin and pump out facility in the West Cowra drain catchment area and an associated diversion pipeline from Lyall Street to Waratah Street. This project will reduce the risk of flooding for properties on Lyall Street, Walker Street and Hassan Street.

Dungog Shire Council

Voluntary Purchase as Part of Floodway Clearance Program (SFMP)                      

Dungog experienced a significant flood in April 2015 which resulted in four houses being washed away, one dwelling being moved off its foundations and significant over floor flooding in a number of properties. This funding will enable council to consider purchase of properties impacted by the floods.

Flood Risk Management Study and Plan for Dungog (SFMP)     

This project will review the existing Williams River Study and extend this study to provide more detailed analysis of the Myall Creek and local catchments. Flood data from the April 2015 event is to be reviewed and used to validate the existing and revised model.  A floodplain risk management study and plan will be prepared based on the updated study to provide proposals for managing and reducing the existing flood risk to Dungog residents. 

Fairfield City Council

Fairfield Golf Course Detention Basin Upgrade and Design (SFMP)                       

The Three Tributaries Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan project identified the safety and performance of Council's flood detention basins, including the Fairfield Golf Course basin, as an issue. The Fairfield Golf Course basin will potentially fail in floods above the 50 average recurrence interval. This project will investigate increasing the basin embankment and spillway upgrades to safely perform in the full range of flood events and prepare detailed designs for the preferred option.

Mimosa Road Detention Basin Upgrade Investigation and Design (SFMP)           

The Three Tributaries Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan project has identified the safety and performance of Council's flood detention basins, including the Mimosa Road basin, as an issue. The Mimosa Road basin will potentially flood and overtop in floods above 20 year average recurrence interval. This project will investigate increasing the basin embankment and spillway upgrades to safely perform in the full range of flood events and prepare detailed designs for the preferred option.

Gosford City Council

Gosford Voluntary Purchase – Pearl Beach – Stage 1 (SFMP)

The Green Point Creek, Pearl Beach Flood Study identified a property that would be suitable for purchase to mitigate risk of harm to life. The property in Crystal Avenue is the only principal dwelling built within the floodplain of Green Point Creek.

Gosford Voluntary Purchase – Erina (SFMP)      

The review of the Erina Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan recommends voluntary purchase and demolition of four properties located in Erina. The aim is to eliminate risk to life and continuous property damage by offering voluntary purchase to eligible owners.

Gundagai Shire Council

Gundagai Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (SFMP)                              

This project represents the next stage in the Floodplain Risk Management Process with the development of a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for Gundagai. The Flood Study has been completed which has identified significant flooding risks for the town of Gundagai. The Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan will identify management options and develop appropriate development control policies aimed at reducing the impact from flooding on the local community.

Hunter Local Land Services

Maitland Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)                  

The Maitland Voluntary Purchase Scheme is designed to purchase houses in high velocity flood ways to reduce risk of harm and improve flood conveyance.

Rehabilitation of Aberdeen Levee (SFMP)         

Aberdeen is located just below the confluence of the Hunter and Pages Rivers. This project will allow  an investigation and design to be undertaken to determine what needs to be done to restore the original height and length standards of the 700 metre levee at Aberdeen.

Ku-ring-gai Council

Blackbutt Creek Catchment Flood Risk Management Study and Plan – Stage 2 (FRMGS)                  

Council recently completed a flood study for the Blackbutt Creek Catchment.  The study confirmed that the Blackbutt Creek catchment is one of Ku-ring-gai's most significantly flood affected areas where steep terrain and ridge-top development has led to major flood risk arising from flash flooding along headwater streams and drainage depressions. The Flood Risk Management Study and Plan will examine appropriate management actions with the aim of reducing flooding risk for current and future development.

Lockhart Shire Council

Lockhart Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)                  

This project aims to purchase properties from willing sellers that are located in the high hazard floodway in Lockhart adjacent to Brookong Creek. Once these properties are purchased by Council any structures on the property will be demolished and the site rezoned to an appropriate land use compatible with the high flood hazard.

The Rock Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP) 

This project aims to purchase properties from willing sellers that are located in the high hazard floodway in The Rock adjacent to Burkes Creek. Once these properties are purchased by Council any structures on the property will be demolished and the site rezoned to an appropriate land use compatible with the high flood hazard.

Flood Warning Equipment Installation – Burkes Creek upstream of The Rock (FRMGS)    

Council will install an early warning stream gauging station on Burkes Creek at Mangoplah upstream of The Rock township. This equipment will provide early warning of potential floods for the township of The Rock.

Flood Warning Equipment Installation – Brookong Creek upstream of Lockhart (FRMGS)              

Council will install an early warning stream gauging station on Brookong Creek at Hollies Road upstream of Lockhart township. This equipment will provide early warning of potential floods for the township of Lockhart.

Maitland City Council

Voluntary House Raising Scheme – Maitland (SFMP)                        

This project will undertake Voluntary House Raising around the Maitland area, especially in the suburbs of Maitland, South Maitland, East Maitland, Telarah and Lochinvar. It will provide added protection to properties with lower floor levels and lessen the frequency of damage in storm/flood events.

Moree Plains Shire Council

Voluntary House Raising Scheme – Round Two (SFMP)

This Voluntary House Raising project will assist home owners, in Moree and the village of Pallamallawa, to raise the floor level of their dwelling above the Flood Planning Level. This will reduce property damage and losses incurred from flooding as well as reduce personal trauma in flood events.

Murrumbidgee Shire Council

Darlington Point Floodplain Management Studies (SFMP)                        

The Levee Bank at Darlington Point in its current condition may pose a threat to property and the community if it fails. This project will undertake flood studies to provide a better understanding of the flood behaviour and associated risks to inform future management and alterations to the levee.

Darlington Point Floodplain Management – Reconstruction of Levees (Areas 3 – 5A) (SFMP)

The Levee Bank at Darlington Point in its current condition poses a potential threat to property and community. During previous flood events, it has been observed that water was penetrating the existing levee structure and while it did not fail, there were concerns it may fail. This project will upgrade the levee system, to protect the township from a 1 in 100 year flood event.

Orange City Council

Review of Blackmans Swamp Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (SFMP)          

Orange City Council will review the Blackmans Swamp Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan to include new LiDAR survey data as development has grown significantly since the last time the plan was done in 2009.

Palerang Council

Bungendore Floodplain Risk Management Plan Implementation – Design of Works (FRMGS)      

The project will involve the investigation and design of a number of flood mitigation works proposed in the Bungendore Floodplain Risk Management Plan 2014. The project will include: a one kilometre levee upgrade along the southern side of Turallo Creek to protect residential and commercial areas in Bungendore; a 300 metre overflow channel under Tarago Road to divert larger flood events away from residential and commercial areas of Bungendore and creek re-shaping at the confluence of Turallo, Halfway and Millpost Creeks to reduce flooding impacts throughout Bungendore.

Parramatta City Council

Parramatta River Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study (FRMGS)                          

The Parramatta River is the major river in the Parramatta Council area. This area has significant commercial and residential development. This flood study will be used to map flood prone properties to enable planning controls to be introduced to protect people and property from future flood damage and to reduce the time taken to process development assessments and planning proposals.

Pittwater Council

Great Mackerel Beach Entrance Management Strategy (SFMP)              

The Great Mackeral Beach residents experience periodic flooding which has been attributed to the closed entrance. This study will assess the entrance processes at Great Mackeral Beach and examine any environmental impacts associated with cyclical dredging being incorporated into an ongoing entrance management strategy. An Entrance Management Policy will be developed and will enable a timely and effective response to better assist affected residents.

North Narrabeen Lagoon Overland Flow Flood Study (SFMP)  

Council will undertake a flood study to identify the overland flow paths within the Elanora Heights and Ingleside area, as well as look at how the overland flow paths interact with the mainstream Narrabeen Lagoon flooding.

Northern Beaches Flood Warning and Flood Information Network (SFMP)         

This is an ongoing project that provides a strategic regional approach to the management of rainfall, flow and water level gauges. This information is essential to Council and the public in managing lagoon and flash flooding. The program will keep the website up to date with flooding information and add an additional flood gauge to the network.

Newport Flood Study (FRMGS)   

Council will update the existing Flood Study to ensure overland flow paths entering the mainstream catchment are appropriately identified and mapped. It will look at the interactions of the mainstream flooding and the many overland flow paths within the study area.

Richmond River County Council

Richmond Catchment Flood Model Compilation and Australian Height Datum Adjustment (SFMP)       

This project is designed to refine the existing Richmond River catchment flood models and aims to link all existing flood models into a catchment model to provide continuity across the catchment.

Tamworth Regional Council

Barraba Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (SFMP)                   

This project will complete a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for the Manilla River, Millie Creek and Connors Creek flowing through the township of Barraba. It will identify preferred risk mitigation measures to minimise property damage and prevent loss of life.

The Council of the Municipality of Kiama

Flood Study – Ooaree Creek Catchment, Gerringong (SFMP)                    

This study will provide detailed technical information on the distribution and extent of flood events. The information collected will provide information for Council to undertake the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

Tweed Shire Council

South Murwillumbah Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)                       

A voluntary purchase scheme is in place for high hazard flood affected homes along the Tweed River frontage of River Street South Murwillumbah. This project will provide funding for the purchase of the few eligible properties that remain if the opportunity arises to purchase the property.

Wollongong City Council

Allans Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)

Over past decades, Allans Creek and its tributaries have experienced significant flood events, which have caused property damage and posed a high hazard to the residents living in close proximity to the major drainage channels in the area. This project will purchase several properties located along the riverbank at Arrow Avenue, Figtree. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.

Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)                        

Over past decades Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creek and its tributaries have experienced significant flood events, which has caused property damage and posed a high hazard to the residents living in close proximity to the major drainage channels in the area. This voluntary purchase project will purchase dwellings from the flood affected area. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.

Towradgi Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)     

The Towradgi Creek catchment has suffered regular flooding with 26 incidences of flooding occurring in the district from 1958 to 1999. This is an ongoing voluntary purchase project for Towradgi Creek. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.

Collins Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)          

This is a continuation of the Voluntary Purchase Scheme identified in the Collins Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.

Minnegang Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)

This Voluntary Purchase Scheme project is part of the overall Minnegang Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan and forms part of the detention basin spillway upgrade. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.

Hewitts Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)      

This is a continuation of the Voluntary Purchase Scheme for this area and is part of the overall Hewitts Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.

Page last updated: 02 May 2016