Council is working to identify flood-affected properties not already captured in existing adopted floods studies.
The Cessnock City Wide Flood Study will provide flood data for consideration of future development for the entire Cessnock Local Government Area. It will ensure a consistent approach to identifying flood risks and full transparency for property owners when buying and developing land.
The draft study was placed on public exhibition in November 2020 seeking feedback on its capability to identify property flood risks. No submissions were received.
Council has revised the draft study using broader parameters in the flood modelling with the goal to:
- Identify riverine flood affected land in a 1% AEP (1 in 100 year flood) and in the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF). Riverine flooding occurs when land is flooded from stormwater spilling out of a natural watercourse whether modified or not.
- Provide consistency with how insurance companies define flooding and identify flood risk.
This study is part of our commitment to promoting safe communities, and protecting and enhancing the natural environment and the rural character of the area, key objectives of the Cessnock 2027 Community Strategic Plan.