Middle Creek Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan Review Community Questionnaire

#### Closing date extended to the 4th of November ###

Complete the Questionnaire here -> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9QWRQXS

What is the Review About?

Coffs Harbour City Council is reviewing the Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan for the Middle Creek catchment. This study will provide a better understanding of flooding in the catchment and how best to manage these flood risks into the future. The Middle Creek catchment encompasses the suburbs of Sawtell, Toormina and Boambee East.

This study will improve the accuracy and resolution of Councils existing flood mapping by making use of recently available high resolution topographic data in

#### Closing date extended to the 4th of November ###

Complete the Questionnaire here -> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9QWRQXS

What is the Review About?

Coffs Harbour City Council is reviewing the Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan for the Middle Creek catchment. This study will provide a better understanding of flooding in the catchment and how best to manage these flood risks into the future. The Middle Creek catchment encompasses the suburbs of Sawtell, Toormina and Boambee East.

This study will improve the accuracy and resolution of Councils existing flood mapping by making use of recently available high resolution topographic data in conjunction with best practice flood modelling software.

This mapping will be used to identify flood risks and possible flood mitigation options.

An online version of the final revised Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan documents for the Middle Creek catchment will be freely available to the public at the conclusion of the study.

Who is Responsible?

The study is being overseen by the Coffs Harbour City Council Floodplain Risk Management Committee and will include public consultation to ensure that the views of the community are properly considered.

The Committee consists of Councillors, Council Staff, State Emergency Service, State Government representatives and community representatives. BMT, an independent company specialising in flooding and floodplain risk management, will undertake the study. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is providing financial and technical assistance.

Key Study Outputs

Floodplain Risk Management considers the consequences of flooding on the community and aims to develop appropriate floodplain management measures to minimise and mitigate the impact of flooding. This incorporates the existing flood risk associated with current development, and future flood risk associated with future development and changes in land use.

The outcomes of the review will improve the existing Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan, and will contain an appropriate mix of management measures and strategies, to help direct and coordinate the responsibilities of Government and the community in undertaking immediate and future flood management works and initiatives.

Information from the study will be used by the State Emergency Service (SES) during flood emergencies and will be used by Council to manage development in flood-affected areas.

Community Input

In order to maximise the effectiveness and value of the study, Council is asking for feedback from local residents and the community.

We would like to know about your previous flood experiences (e.g. Apr 1990, Nov 1996, Apr 2009, Mar 2017) and any documentation you may have. We are also interested in your opinion on what would be the best way to manage flooding into the future. In close consultation with the local community, BMT and Council will identify and assess a range of potential strategies to mitigate the impacts of flooding in the study area.

Flood management strategies may comprise individual measures or a combination of measures, according to the following classifications:

  • Flood modification measures, which typically involve structural works, such as flood protection levees, drainage system enlargements, flood detention basins or bypass floodways.
  • Property modification measures, which include flood planning controls to ensure that future development is compatible with flood risk, voluntary house raising and voluntary house purchase.
  • Response modification measures, which include emergency response management measures, flood warning, flood evacuation and community flood awareness and preparedness.

Your valuable feedback can be provided here -> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9QWRQXS

With this information, we can work towards improving the safety of the local community and reducing the impact of flooding on private properties and community facilities.

At a later stage in the Study you will be invited to attend a community information session where you will be able to review a short-list of flood management options.

Council is committed to openness and transparency in its decision making processes. The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires Council to provide public access to information held unless there are overriding public interest considerations against disclosure. Any submissions received will be made publicly available unless the writer can demonstrate that the release of part or all of the information would not be in the public interest. However, Council would be obliged to release information as required by court order or other specific law.