Help us plan for future flood risk management in Wolumla

Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking community input into the Wolumla Flood Study and Risk Management Study and Plan.

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16 May 2024

Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking community input into the Wolumla Flood Study and Risk Management Study and Plan.

Council’s Works and Assets Manager, Gary Louie said the study will improve Council’s understanding of flood behaviour and its impacts on the community, and better inform management of flood risk, future strategic land-use planning, infrastructure planning and emergency response planning in the area.

“At this stage of the project, we’re trying to understand flood behaviour and flood risk so we can assess and develop options to manage and mitigate risk within the study area,” Mr Louie said.

“Wolumla Creek is a tributary to the Bega River, and the floodplain and portions of the Wolumla Creek catchment can be subject to both mainstream and overland flow flooding.

“There is currently no flood study or associated mapping for this area to assist Council and emergency services to plan for and manage this flood risk.

“Once adopted by Council, the Wolumla Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan will become one piece of Council’s overall Floodplain Risk Management Plan for the catchment, which will provide actions to manage flood risk in the study area.

“We’ve engaged with Rhelm Consultants, to assist us with the preparation of the study and plan.  We encourage residents to complete a short survey and attend our drop-in information session at Wolumla Public School on Wednesday 29 May from 3.30pm to 5.30pm to help us better understand flood behaviour and risk in the area.

“The survey also aims to collect photographic records community members may have already captured during recent flood events. Photographs we’re particularly interested in might include water flowing, high-water level markers and post-event flood marks, such as mud and debris lines.” 

This project is funded by Council and the NSW Government Floodplain Management Program.

The survey closes on Sunday 2 June 2024. To find out more and get involved, visit the Have Your Say webpage and complete the survey or attend the drop-in information session.

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