Council successful in flood mitigation and warning funds
One year on from the April 2015 floods, Cessnock City Council has been successful in two applications submitted in early 2015 under the Floodplain Management Program from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).
The projects are:
- Swamp Creek Flood Mitigation Works (environmental investigations and design)—$100,000
- Wollombi Flood Warning System (investigations and design)—$33,333.
The funding has been welcomed by Council, who were initially placed on a reserve list after missing out on funding in the first round.
Council’s Strategic Asset Planning Manager Stephen Long said the funding will allow priority projects for Swamp Creek and Wollombi Brook to move forward.
“These projects were identified as priorities in our floodplain risk management plans and will further assist with our focus to minimise risk for residents affected by flooding,” Mr Long said.
“Further investigations are currently underway for the Swamp Creek Project and we will keep applying for grant assistance to support this project.”
Five other funding applications have been submitted to OEH for consideration in the 2016/17 Floodplain Management Program, including access to the Voluntary House Raising (VHR) Scheme for Swamp Creek and Cessnock City.
The VHR Scheme would target the Abermain and Weston sections of Swamp Creek and the South Cessnock area of Black Creek, potentially giving affected residents access to the VHR funding pool.
Design and investigation for a proposed bund wall in South Cessnock and the Greta/Anvil Creek Flood Study have also been included in funding applications.
Future funding applications will be submitted to OEH once subsequent investigation and design phases have been completed.
You can view Council’s full Floodplain Management Plan at on our website.
For more information on OEH’s grant opportunities visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au
20 April 2016