Environmental issues

Water

Floodplain Development Manual

On 6 May 2005, the Floodplain Development Manual 2005 was gazetted, as the manual relating to the development of flood liable land for the purposes of section 733 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Coupled with the State's floodplain management grant program, the manual highlights the government's ongoing commitment to managing the risks resulting from natural hazards to reduce their impacts on the people of NSW.

It incorporates the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy, which aims to reduce the impact of flooding on individual owners and occupiers of flood prone property and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods. The policy also recognises the benefits of use, occupation and development of flood prone land.

This State Government manual indicates that responsibility for management of flood risk remains with local government. The manual assists councils to balance the conflicting objectives of the floodplain through a risk management process

The New South Wales Government provides local government with technical, financial and policy assistance in floodplain risk management.

The 2005 manual builds upon and replaces the 2001 Floodplain management manual. Key changes include outlining altered agency roles in floodplain risk management and clarifying the State Government's position on development standards.

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Page last updated: 26 February 2011