Draft NSW floodplain management plan open for public comment

Posted 22 September 2016

FloodingA plan to help streamline flood works approvals in New South Wales' Upper Namoi Valley is open for public comment.

The draft Upper Namoi Valley Floodplain Management Plan is the second of six floodplain management schemes being prepared across the northern valleys of NSW's Murray-Darling Basin, said DPI Water's Director Water Planning and Policy Alison Kirk.

“The purpose of the plan is to coordinate the future development of flood works on the floodplain,” she said.

“The plan is designed to manage risks to life and property from the effects of flooding, and protect and maintain flood connectivity to flood-dependent ecological and cultural features of the floodplain.”

Kirk said the draft plan would mean minimal change for landholders, building on current practices through improved technical knowledge and understanding to achieve a simplified approvals process for new and amended flood works.

“The draft plan outlines the types of flood works that may be considered for approval, standards and advertising requirements for the approval, as well as where state-wide exemptions apply,” she said.

“To ensure a balanced approach, development of the draft plan has been overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel incorporating representatives from DPI, Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services.”

Kirk said DPI Water was also undertaking a process to licence floodplain harvesting through the NSW Healthy Floodplains project, which is separate from the development of floodplain management plans.

“I would urge all interested people to review the draft Upper Namoi Valley Floodplain Management Plan and make comment to ensure that the final plan deals with local issues in a practical way,” Kirk said.

Submissions close October 28 2016 and can be made online.