The 1996 flood prompted Council to commission a revised Flood Study to further investigate the cause and severity of this flood. The review indicated that the magnitude of flood problems within the catchment was greater than had previously been understood.
Council subsequently commissioned a Floodplain Risk Management Study of Coffs Creek to investigate and recommend measures to either manage or reduce flooding problems within the catchment.
The study provided flood information for the Coffs Creek catchment, including flood risk mapping for Coffs Harbour and detailed planning controls relating to the risk categories, to assist in the assessment of development applications and provide strategic direction for the city.
Council also has flood studies for Moonee Creek, Bonville and Middle Creek, Woolgoolga Creek, Orara River, Newports Creek and Boambee Creek with mapping of flood planning areas available on our online flooding maps.
Despite these studies and plans, numerous catchments and areas remain for which Council currently has little or poor quality flood information. Council has assessed its priorities for these remaining catchments and - taking into consideration existing and potential urban development and the nature of local flood problems - has a program for preparing future flood studies and plans for the LGA.
The flood studies and floodplain risk management studies and plans provide Council with sound flood information and data to use in the development of strategic documents and planning controls.
The advantages to both Council and the community in having the floodplain management studies and plans in place are:
Having a proper basis for managing and using flood prone land to provide a balance between danger to personal safety and economic losses due to flooding, and social, ecological and cultural interests;
Optimising community infrastructure;
Minimising personal danger to residents, visitors and emergency response personnel and community flood damage;
Strategically assessing catchments so that the impacts of development on flooding and flooding on development can be effectively considered.