DO YOU know where the local flooding hot spots are in your region, and have ideas on how to manage them?
The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) wants your feedback on the draft West Gippsland Floodplain Management Strategy.
The draft strategy, available for public review until Friday, June 23, has been prepared by the WGCMA in collaboration with local communities, Traditional Owners, local councils, the Victorian State Emergency Service and other regional agencies.
WGCMA Statutory Planning manager, Adam Dunn, said the strategy would help the community, government and emergency services better understand local flood behaviour, prepare for future flood events, and align efforts across agencies and communities to deliver outcomes called for in the 2016 Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy.
“It will provide a single, regional planning document for floodplain management, to minimise flood risks and take necessary action to protect people and property,” Mr Dunn said.
Inverloch has been identified as having significant flood risk in the Bass Coast Shire. Potential mitigation actions in Inverloch and other locations in Bass Coast are to:
• Schedule a future update of the Planning Scheme to include flood mapping of the Wonthaggi North East Development Area;
• Improve the Total Flood Warning System by developing detailed flood maps for the Powlett River, and share these with the community;
• Develop individual Flood Guides for high priority areas, specifically Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Lower Powlett River, and
• Investigate flooding along Wreck Creek including the impact of the status of the river mouth.
Mr Dunn encouraged locals to provide WGCMA with their feedback on the strategy and its proposed actions, along with their regional flood knowledge to ensure a complete and accurate picture of flooding in Gippsland is achieved, and the appropriate level of flood mitigation is applied to different locations at risk.
“Flooding is a natural hazard that can disrupt communities. It can cause injury, death, property damage, hardship, and disrupt the local economy,” Mr Dunn said.
“By understanding flood behaviour we can predict where it might occur, how often and the impact of the flooding with reasonable accuracy. We can also assess the likely costs of flooding and the benefits of different options for managing flood risk.”
The draft document is available for review at www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/flood-advice/flood-studies/floodplainstrategy, or a printed copy can be requested by calling 1300 094 262.
To provide your feedback, visit WGCMA’s website, www.wgcma.vic.gov.au, and fill in the contact form; email wgfms@wgcma.vic.gov.au; phone 1300 094 22 or post to PO Box 1374, Traralgon, 3844.
The strategy is open for public feedback until June 23, and the final strategy will be released to the public in December.