Bega Valley Shire Council engaged consultants SMEC Australia to undertake a flood study for the Bega and Brogo River catchments to update its current flood mapping in light of recent flood events during 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The flood study forms an initial stage towards development of a comprehensive Floodplain Risk Management Plan, in accordance with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual, the management of flood liable land, April 2005.
Council has taken the initiative to carry out the flood study to assist with planning for and managing the risk the community faces from flooding.
The final flood study report formed the technical basis of the current Bega and Brogo Rivers Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan that incorporated the management and consideration of social/cultural/economic impacts.
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services (MPES) supported Council by providing funding and technical assistance for the project through the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program.
Consultation was carried out via formal public exhibition and the invitation of public comment and submissions, a community flood questionnaire and a number of print media releases and radio interviews throughout the project.