Preparation of a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for Swamp / Fishery Creek is now underway. The study area spans from upstream of Abermain down to Loxford.
"Council has engaged environmental consultancy, WorleyParsons, to prepare the Study and Plan in consultation with Council, other Government agencies and members of the local community," Acting Group Leader Strategy and Sustainability, Mr Phil Miles explained. "The resulting Study and Plan will serve as a 'blueprint' for flood risk management of the waterway and low lying areas of the Swamp / Fishery Creek catchment."
"Flood risk reduction measures that have been previously investigated will be considered and expanded upon in the current study and plan."
An information brochure has been prepared to outline the current investigations and potential flood damage reduction options for Swamp Creek and can be obtained in hard copy from Council's Administration Centre and from Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries. The brochure is also available for download from Council’s website at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/online/exhibition/swampfishery
Interested members of the community are invited to forward any comments or suggestions for other flood management measures which may be worthy of consideration. Comments should be submitted in writing no later than close of business on Monday 23 July 2012.
Once drafts of the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan have been prepared, the documents will be placed on public exhibition. Community workshops will be held at that time to outline the key elements of the Study and Plan and provide an opportunity for residents to discuss any aspects of the proposed flood mitigation measures with the consultants and Council.