Huge response to flood survey

Published on 08 August 2018

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Byron Shire Council’s Flood Engineer, James Flockton, is congratulating the community on its response to a recent flood survey that was designed to get local input on flooding in the Brunswick River, Marshalls Creek and Simpsons Creek catchments.

“We received 339 completed surveys which is a great effort on the part of the community and it will give us some solid information to use in the development of the new North Byron Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan,” Mr Flockton said.

“I’d really like to thank people for taking the time to do the survey because it was quite long but this was because we were after very detailed information on how floods have affected people in the north of the Shire, in particular the 2017 event.

“There’s no better information about the rise and fall of flood water than comes from first hand experience and we will be using this important information to try to manage future flood events and minimise the risk to people and their properties,” Mr Flockton said.

The results of the surveys are being collated by our consultant WMA Water and the information provided by residents and businesses in Mullumbimby, Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden Beach will be used to develop strategies and options for mitigation in the Brunswick River, Marshalls Creek and Simpsons Creek catchments.

“Our focus now is on developing the draft North Byron Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan and when this is finished we will again be going back to the community for input,” Mr Flockton said.

“It will be an opportunity for people to look at the data and our recommendations for flood mitigation options and tell us what they think – whether we have it right or maybe we have missed something.

“The study will also review all relevant Council and NSW plans relating to land management, flood risk management, rising sea levels, climate change and emergency management,” he said.

Byron Shire Council received $130,000 from the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage to do the North Byron Shire Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

For more information contact James Flockton on 6626 7000.