Cessnock City Flood Risk Management Study and Plan adopted
There has been a major step forward for the Black Creek catchment, with Council adopting the Black Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan at its last meeting.
Council’s adoption of the Plan triggers the final step in a six-step process, as set out by the NSW Government, allowing Council to apply for funding to undertake mitigation works and activities in the catchment.
Council’s Strategic Asset Planning Manager Stephen Long said recommended risk management options from the Plan include a levee bank upstream of South Cessnock, house raising and voluntary purchase for houses located in floodways with high hazard and associated risk to life.
“Our main focus is on minimising risk for those residents who are affected by flooding, especially in more frequent storm events, however there is no one, simple solution to address the problem,” Mr Long said.
“There are a range of options to reduce the impact on properties throughout the Cessnock City section of the Black Creek catchment area. We will be investigating these over the next 12 months and will be approaching land owners once we have sufficient information.”
The Plan now gives a sound basis for applying for funding assistance through the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).
As a result, Council will be submitting applications for OEH grant programs before the end of March and writing to Cessnock State Member Clayton Barr for his support.
Hunter Water will also be contacted in the process, as the owners of Cessnock’s open drain system.
The study area comprises Black Creek and other main creeks including Bellbird, Lavender, Kearsley and Aberdare.
While the Plan involves looking at the entire catchment, the initial focus will be on the South Cessnock area.
You can view the full Plan on our website.
For more information on OEH’s grant opportunities visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au
7 March 2015