Feedback sought on flood early warning system for Wollombi

Cessnock City Council is working with key stakeholders to develop a flood early warning system for the Wollombi Brook catchment area.
Cessnock City Council is working with key stakeholders to develop a flood early warning system for the Wollombi Brook catchment area.  

The enhancement of a flood warning system is one of the key recommendations from the Wollombi Flood Risk Management Study and Plan 2012.

Cessnock City Council has issued a survey to key stakeholders including emergency services providers and community groups, an important milestone in the project.

The input provided by these stakeholders will capture valuable information and experiences from past flood events and help to identify which tools would be of most benefit in the future.    

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this is a good opportunity for community groups to provide feedback about their needs in a flood emergency.  

“Gleaning insights and knowledge from those groups who played an important role in the response and relief efforts in the past is crucial before we move into the development phase”.  

“Improving the flood warning system is about reducing risk to local residents, their properties and livestock through practical measures”, said Cr Pynsent.  

A report detailing all the options is expected to be released in the coming months and will be put on public exhibition allowing all residents and stakeholders to provide Council with feedback.  

Cessnock City Council has been successful in obtaining a Floodplain Management Grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and has engaged flood consultants to develop the flood warning system concept design.