Urban floodplain management achievements to date

Over the past 20 years the Floodplain Management Program has had a major impact on the way our flood risk is handled through the development and implementation of these plans.

The Government’s investment has enabled local government to understand and reduce the risk to their flood affected communities. Local government has been able to develop over 100 floodplain risk management plans with technical assistance from DECCW.  These plans enable councils to determine the most appropriate mitigation works and control development to effectively manage flood risk to existing and future development.

Figure 3 illustrates the spread of these plans across the State.

In addition, funding has enabled councils to undertake a range of major projects to reduce the flood threats to their communities. Some examples of major projects funded through the program include Warren Levee, Lismore Levee (which limited damages in the June 2005 flood and several floods in 2009), Deniliquin Levee, Bathurst Flood Mitigation Scheme, Grafton and South Grafton Levees (which were successful in limiting the impacts of flooding in 2001 and 2009), Campbelltown Flood Mitigation Projects, and work in areas such as Wollongong and Gosford.

The effectiveness of funded mitigation works is evidenced by the flood threat to towns, such as Lismore and Grafton from floods in 2009.

Tens of millions of dollars were saved by these communities in these floods. The success of projects such as Grafton and Lismore Levee clearly illustrates the value and importance of the support offered to local councils and communities by the Department.

Page last updated: 26 February 2011