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Community input wanted for Flood Studies

21 August, 2015Posted in: Environment
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on residents living near the Nattai River and Gibbergunyah Creek to provide information on flooding “trouble spots” as part of a major study designed to help better prepare for future flood events.

Flooding causes over $300 million worth of damage each year across the nation and historically causes more damage annually than any other natural disasters in Australia.

Council is currently preparing major flood and floodplain risk management studies across some of the Shire’s key catchment areas in an effort to better plan, predict and manage the risk of flooding across our Shire.

The Nattai River and Gibbergunyah Creek Flood Study follows similar recent surveys being undertaken in the Robertson and Nattai Ponds areas.

These studies are the result of a $258,000 grant Council secured earlier in the year from the NSW State Government and will form part of Council’s Floodplain Risk Management Program which aims to reduce the impact of flooding on the community.

As part of the study a Community Information Session will be held in the Mittagong RSL Club on the corner of the Hume Highway and Bessemer Street, Mittagong on Monday August 24 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Residents living in the immediate areas of the Nattai River and Gibbergunyah Creek will also receive a letter box survey.  Surveys can also be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/wingecarribee.

For further information about the Nattai River and Gibbergunyah Creek Flood Study, contact Council’s floodplain consultant, Dan Morgan from WMAwater on phone (02) 9299 2855 or Council’s Floodplain and Stormwater Engineer on phone 4868 0798 or via email at: sha.prodhan@wsc.nsw.gov.au.