Batemans Bay creek study identifies flooding risk

2 June 2021

Eurobodalla Council has commissioned a technical study into the flooding behaviour of seven urban creek catchments in the greater Batemans Bay region.

Currently on public exhibition for community feedback, the draft Batemans Bay Urban Creeks Flood Study details the flooding risk of Maloneys Lagoon at Maloneys Beach, Long Beach Lagoon at Long Beach, Surfside Creek at Surfside, the Batemans Bay Water Garden, Hanging Rock Creek at Catalina, Joes Creek at Batehaven and Short Beach Creek at Sunshine Bay/Caseys Beach.

Residents – particularly in these areas – are being urged to take a look at the study and provide their feedback to Council. A drop-in session will be held Thursday 17 June, from 12.30pm to 6.30pm, at the Hanging Rock Function Centre, where Council staff and the consultants who prepared the study can answer any questions. No RSVP is required.

Council’s flood planning officer Cameron Whiting said the study focused on flooding from rainfall events while taking into account projected sea-level rise impacts.

“This draft study is the first step in better understanding where there may be a flooding risk, giving Council the information needed to progress the next steps of the process, which is to look at mitigation options,” he said.

“It also helps other agencies, like State Emergency Service, plan for the potential impacts of flooding on the community.”

Councils are required by law to prepare for and manage the risk of flooding, as set out in the NSW Government’s NSW Flood Prone Land Policy and Floodplain Development Manual 2005.

The draft Batemans Bay Urban Creeks Flood Study, prepared by Rhelm environmental consultants, was jointly funded by a NSW Government floodplain management grant and Council.

It is available to view on public exhibition until 4.30pm on Wednesday 30 June.