New South Wales

Future flood modelling gets underway with $80,000 grant

Rous County Council has received an $80,000 NSW Government grant to undertake modelling to investigate flood mitigation options in Lismore.

The Office of Environment and Heritage grant will be used to review what actions could reduce the duration or severity of flooding for properties within the South Lismore and CBD levee areas without adversely impacting other areas such as North Lismore.

This will include modelling CBD levee raising options, enhancement of the South Lismore flood levee and excavation to allow the diversion of floodwater away from houses and businesses.

Rous County Council, Lismore City Council and the Lismore Floodplain Management Committee will work together on the project. Committee member and Lismore City Council Strategic Planning Coordinator Paula Newman welcomed the funding.

“We are thrilled – as a committee we are very keen to develop a plan that will protect Lismore from floods like the March 2017 flood that caused so much damage and heartache,” Paula said.

“We don’t know what the solution is yet, but without the modelling we cannot even begin to look at options. This funding will allow us to get the evidence-based data Council needs to make the best decisions for Lismore in the long-term.

“It may mean raising our CBD levee or expanding our South Lismore levee, but it’s too early to speculate. The modelling will make it clear where the most sensible path lies and we can then look at costs and funding options moving forward.”

The Lismore Floodplain Management Committee will begin the modelling process immediately and hopes to have data for review within six months.

Source: Lismore City Council

Featured Image: Guy Bezrouchko from Rous County Council, Paula Newman from Lismore City Council and Lismore MP Thomas George.

Image courtesy of Lismore City Council