A draft plan aimed at reducing the
risk of flooding and flood damage in Woolgoolga and its surrounds is going out
for public comment from September 2 until October 12 2015.
The Draft Woolgoolga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan
follows the completion of a Flood Study for Woolgoolga in 2012, which produced
comprehensive flood modelling data.
Last year, a series of community consultation activities were
undertaken – including a questionnaire and public meetings - to seek local
information on flood experiences from property-owners,
residents and businesses. Locals’ views on future levels of development control
were also sought.
The Draft Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan has used the
modelling and mapping from the 2012 study and the information provided through
the consultation as the basis for investigating the impacts of flooding and
possible flood mitigation options.
Some of the mitigation options considered in the Draft Plan
Creating a flood detention area in an existing wetland;
Building a breakwater to provide a permanent open entrance to
Improvements to drainage;
Voluntary property raising;
Flood-proofing of properties;
Education programmes; and
Planning and development controls.
Following the public consultation period, a revised final draft
will be put before Council for adoption. Once adopted, Council will then be
able to seek funds for the mitigation projects.
The Draft Plan will be on display from Wednesday, September 2, for
40 days at Council's Main Administrative Centre, Woolgoolga Library and on
Council's website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/onexhibition
Draft Woolgoolga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan has been developed on
behalf of Council by water and environment consultants BMT WBM.