Funding for Floodplain Management gives Homes a Lift

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed funding from the Office of Environment & Heritage for flood studies, investigation, design and the Voluntary House Raising Scheme.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed funding from the Office of Environment & Heritage for flood studies, investigation, design and the Voluntary House Raising Scheme.

“As we have seen in recent years, flooding is a significant threat to many areas of the Cessnock local government area and this funding will bolster our efforts to better mitigate flood risk in our community”.    

“The funding received for the Greta flood study and investigation and design work in South Cessnock exceeds $160,000”.  

“This will enable Council to continue with the background studies and implementation required to manage local floodplains and alleviate risk to public safety and damage to properties and infrastructure”.

“I also encourage the owners of homes at risk to consider the Voluntary House Raising Scheme, which offers financial help to raise homes to reduce the threat of floodwater".  

“The scheme provides assistance to cover two thirds of the cost of structural changes to the property,” Cr Pynsent said.  

The funding pool for the Voluntary House Raising Scheme is managed by Office of Environment & Heritage and is offered to flood affected communities state-wide.

Cessnock City Council will now work with the Office of Environment & Heritage to determine which areas and properties meet the required criteria to qualify for the scheme.