Council endorses draft floodplain study

29 September 2015

AlburyCity has endorsed the Draft Albury Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan and placed it on public exhibition so residents can have their say.

The draft study and plan has been subject to extensive community consultation and residents are again invited to have their say before final adoption.

People can view the documents at Council's Kiewa St offices, the LibraryMuseum, Lavington Library and the Thurgoona Community Centre. The deadline for public comment is 30 October and should be made in writing to 553 Kiewa St, Albury, NSW, 2640, or by emailing info@alburycity.nsw.gov.au.

The new Mayor of AlburyCity, Cr Henk van de Ven, said Council had done a lot of work over the past 20 years to reduce the impact of flooding, however Albury's location on the banks of the Murray River meant it was vulnerable to flood waters.

"We're responsible for managing flood risk and reducing the impact of floods. An important part of that work is the development of a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan," Cr van de Ven said.

"This plan will be integral in the execution of the NSW Government's Flood Prone Land Policy. It helps identify appropriate mitigation works and policy to reduce the impact of flooding and flood liability on private and public land."

Some of the proposals under the plan include:

  • South Albury levee upgrade to meet the revised flood height requirements.
  • Improved notification to alert buyers or potential buyers that land is liable to flooding.
  • Adoption of an LGA-wide Flood Planning Area and Flood Planning Level.
  • Update the Albury Development Control Plan to include the Draft Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan recommendations.
  • Retarding basins to be incorporated into the development of the Thurgoona Wirlinga catchment area to ensure flood risk is not increased.

"I acknowledge the work that other Albury Councils have done in the past to mitigate the risk of flood, but there is more work to be done," Cr van de Ven said.

A final report is expected to be presented to the Floodplain Risk Management Committee in November and presented to Council for consideration and adoption in December.