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Draft Floodplain Management Plan out for comment

News Article Date: 
Friday, 5 October 2018

Warrnambool’s location on the Southern Ocean between the Merri and Hopkins Rivers is certainly an idyllic one, though being bordered by three major bodies of water comes with the challenge of managing flood risk. 

The Warrnambool City Council is seeking public feedback on the draft Warrnambool Floodplain Management Plan.

The plan will help to guide infrastructure, research and communications to help reduce the impact of floods in the municipality.

In total, 18 possible project options were identified in the draft, which were then prioritised according to which would provide the greatest impact and value for money. 

Key projects include the establishment of an operating procedure for the North Warrnambool flood levees, conducting further research into the nature of coastal flooding, the development of a flood response plan template for residents and the undertaking of further community flood education.

Warrnambool City Council Senior Projects Engineer Rohan McKinnon said that the community had a vital role to play in improving outcomes during flood events.

“Our surveying showed that many residents would be unsure of how to act if their property or business came under threat of flood,” he said. 

“We want to create a resilient community that knows exactly what to do, how to access the most accurate information and feels confident they are as prepared as they possibly could be. 

“Upgrades to infrastructure and technology will help reduce our risk of flooding and potentially give us more timely information about the imminent risk, but the technology is only as good as our community’s understanding of how to access it and what they need to do about it.”

The historical reference point for flooding in the region is the March 1946 flood that caused extensive damage across the region. This and numerous other flood events have yielded a significant body of knowledge that has been further built upon through specific flood investigations.

The Draft Warrnambool Floodplain Management Plan is available for public comment until Friday November 9. 

It can be accessed online at www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au or at the Civic Centre, 25 Liebig Street.

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