Feedback sought on the flood plan

Community feedback sought for Draft Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans
Community feedback sought for Draft Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans

Residents are being urged to view and share their thoughts on MidCoast Council's Draft Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans for Gloucester and Port Stephens that are on public exhibition until December 9.

The studies and plans were endorsed for exhibition at October's council meeting to provide community members, particularly residents of the Gloucester and Port Stephens regions, an opportunity to understand council's draft plans and provide feedback on them.

The feedback provided will be incorporated into the final plans for each location.

Council is holding casual drop-in sessions at the Tea Gardens Council Office from 3pm to 6pm on Monday, November 30 and at Gloucester Council Chambers from 3pm to 6pm on Tuesday, December 1.

"We've developed a revised flood study so that we can provide more technical information on flood behaviour in terms of levels, velocity and extent of floods and this has allowed us to better understand and mitigate flood risk in these areas," council's director of infrastructure and engineering services, Rob Scott said.

"We understand though that no one knows these areas as well as the people who live here and community participation is an integral part of the planning process so I would encourage the community to take a look at the draft documents and share their feedback."

"The purpose of these documents is to assist us in measuring, managing and mitigating flood risk in our region and the final plans will be a collaborative effort between the consultants, our staff and the community," Rob said.

To view the documents or submit feedback, visit council's Have Your Say website, www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/HYS.