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Flood Study Surveys

Work on the Belongil Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and the North Byron Coastal Creeks Flood Study has commenced.

As part of the studies, over 6,000 Byron Shire households will be surveyed on local flooding issues. Properties located nearby the Brunswick River, Belongil Creek, Marshalls Creek and Simpsons Creek will receive a survey in the post or can complete a survey online. The survey closes 31 July 2011.

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The findings from the surveyswill help inform how Council will manage the floodplains in a more sustainable manner.

The Belongil survey asks householders about flooding concerns, flood modification measures such as levees and improved drainage, community awareness, development controls and evacuation procedures.

The North Byron Coastal Creekssurvey asks householders about their flood experiences, local flooding history, flooding problems and issues they would like considered within the study.

Feedback from community will ensure that community values and local knowledge are captured to help inform flood risk management options.

Council's surveyors will also be collecting property floor level and ground level information in the Byron Bay area. The data will help inform an assessment of properties which are flood prone above floor level and also assist in deciding which mitigation measure will provide the most benefit to the town.

What will the new studies include?

The new studies will include a review of all relevant Council and state plans pertaining to land management, flood risk management, rising sea levels and emergency management. 

The resulting plans will detail how flood prone land within the areas is to be managed and highlight any risk management issues Council needs address.  It is anticipated that the documents will take up to eighteen months to complete.

Council is required to review flood management approximately every five years. This is due to new flood modeling technology becoming available and the need to help inform planning decisions and placement of infrastructure.

The North Byron Coastal Creeks Flood Study will include the Brunswick River, Marshalls and Simpsons Creek.

With a combined value of over $300,000 (inc. gst), the Belongil Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and the North Byron Coastal Creeks Flood Study will be undertaken by consultants BMT WBM.  Approximately two thirds is being funded by the NSW State Government.

Councils are required to review flood management approximately every five years. This was due to new flood modeling technology becoming available and the need to help inform planning decisions and placement of infrastructure.

Flood Risk Management Committees

To support BMT WBM’s work, Council has also established two Flood Risk Management Committees to oversee and advise Council on the preparation and implementation of the flood risk management studies and plan.

The committees will include Councillors Staples, Tabart and Woods on the Belongil Creek and Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and Councillors Tabart, Cameron and Staples on the North Byron Coastal Creeks Flood Study.

Both committees will comprise members from:

  • Department Environment and Climate Change(DECC)
  • Marine Parks Authority
  • Byron Coastal Area, Parks and Wildlife Group
  • SES Local Controller
  • Two community members, and
  • Byron Shire Council staff.

Minutes from the Flood Risk Management Committees will be posted to Council’s website and recommendations reported to Council meetings.