New risk planning for Moruya flood plain

Published: 13 November 2023

Updated flood studies and a new risk management plan are being developed for Moruya, with residents invited to share their knowledge and experience, and their preferences for different ways to limit flood damage.

Eurobodalla Council’s resilience and risk reduction officer Sabrina Mallard said the studies and plan will use up-to-date data with current modelling technology.

“This expert modelling is essential, but on-the-ground experience is also crucial to creating workable strategies that reduce or prevent flood damage. We need to hear from residents,” Ms Mallard said.

An online survey is the first step in collecting community perceptions around flooding and attitudes to different flood-reduction measures. Ms Mallard said this would be followed with two drop-in information sessions.

“Pop in anytime. We’ll have flood experts Rhelm, Council staff and NSW Government representatives available so residents can ask questions, share knowledge and provide opinions on their preferred flood mitigation; things like levies, road and house raising, or additional building requirements,” she said.

“We’ll then model different options to see if they are effective and what any flow-on effects might be. The results will be used to prepare Moruya’s draft Flood Risk Management Study and Plan.”

The drop-in sessions will run from 3.30-6.30pm on Monday 20 November and 10am-1pm on Tuesday 21 November at the Mechanics Institute, Page Street, Moruya.

The Moruya Flood Study and the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan are funded under the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund. For more information visit the Moruya Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan project page. The survey is available online at Council’s Our Eurobodalla community-engagement platform.

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