Floodplain Management

To assist with planning and managing the risk the community faces from flooding Council has taken the initiative to develop a comprehensive Floodplain Risk Management Plan, in accordance with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual, the management of flood liable land, April 2005.


Flooding over Buckajo Road, Bega.

What are Floodplains?

Floodplains are the commercial, social and environmental arteries of the State.  Transport and communication infrastructure are often located in floodplains and are a base for a significant proportion of the State’s agricultural business.  Regular flooding enhances agricultural productivity by increasing soil moisture, recharging groundwater and depositing fertile silt across the floodplain.  However, flooding can also interfere with production, communication, transport, emergency management and agricultural practices.  Therefore development and management of floodplains needs to consider a broad range of issues including balancing the benefits of occupying the floodplain against the costs.

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