Flood mitigation options- Flood in!
Cessnock City Council considered a number of reports last week addressing the challenges major flood events have on the most flood affected areas in the community.
Council adopted the Draft Swamp Creek Property Management Plan which outlined the various property management options available including voluntary house raising, voluntary house purchase and voluntary flood proofing for residential properties adjoining Swamp Creek in Abermain and Weston.
The Property Flood Management Plan for Black Creek was also adopted by Council to assist flood affected properties in South Cessnock, Cessnock and Bellbird. The plan also provided information on property management options including voluntary house raising and voluntary flood proofing.
Council also endorsed the submission of grant applications under the NSW Floodplain Management Program 2017 which could provide vital funding for these flood mitigation options.
Each plan will be submitted to NSW Office Environment and Heritage (OEH) for approval ahead of Council contacting priority residential property owners eligible for assistance.Council also supported the draft Voluntary House Raising Policy, which outlines the criteria and administration of the schemes for eligible high risk homes for both the Swamp Creek and Black Creek Flood Risk Management Plans.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the most recent flood mitigation developments as a step forward for our community.
“The best flood mitigation options vary from location to location but it is pleasing to see we are working towards minimising the impact of flood water on our community”, Cr Pynsent said.
Council is continuing to investigate and develop other options to mitigate the impacts of flooding including
• Work on the design of a flood diversion wall for the South Cessnock Area following an OEH grant in 2016.
• Council will apply for a NSW Floodplain Management Grant to design a flood warning system in the highest risk locations in Cessnock, Abermain and Weston.