River in flood with gum trees

Following extensive flooding across the region in December 2010 and January 2011, we commissioned a number of flood studies to better understand how flooding impacts our communities. These studies of 35 locations are a foundation towards our long term plan to manage and reduce the impacts of flooding and an essential first step towards our goal of a safer, stronger, more resilient region.

This project has identified areas of flood risk across the region and assisted in putting in place a robust set of planning regulations to guide development within risk areas.

During 2016, we undertook community consultation about flood risk and proposed policy response for managing risk in future development. The feedback received during this early consultation was considered and informed the preparation of a planning scheme amendment.

Current stage

Community consultation on the proposed amendment ran from 27 August to 5 October 2018 and has now closed. Thank you to everyone who made a submission. We will consider feedback before finalising the amendment in late 2018.

The final amendment will be adopted by Council in early 2019 following State Government review and approval.

Project start date

The project commenced in 2014.

Project completion date

The project will be completed with the adoption of the planning scheme amendment, which is anticipated to occur in early 2020.