The third of Council’s four planned floodwater detention basins was officially opened by Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, on Tuesday, March 24.
Funds for the construction of the $2.2m detention basin have come from a Flood Mitigation Programme special rate variation, introduced following the 2009 floods, loan funds and grants from the Federal and State Governments.
“The four major detention basins are key components of Council’s Flood Mitigation Programme,” said Cr Knight. “Unfortunately, the very geographical features that make this area such a wonderful place to live – the hills around us, the creeks and waterways – make us vulnerable to flood events.
“Since the floods of 2009, Council has been working very hard to try to reduce the impact of future flooding on the community and our economy. As well as the four detention basins, we have put in place an early warning system directly linked to the SES and Bureau of Meteorology.
“Plus we’ve made improvements to the northern tributaries of Coffs Creek and are committed to further CBD flow path improvements. In addition, we have looked at what we can do from a planning point of view to reduce the potential for damage to businesses and homes from flooding.
“But flooding is – by its very nature – unpredictable and each is flood is different.
“The basins can’t solve the problem alone, but will certainly ensure that flood levels in a 100-year event are significantly lower downstream – so that people and their property are as safe as they can be. This is a central Council priority and will remain so.”