A draft flood study, prepared by water engineering consultants WMAwater, for the villages of Gundaroo and Sutton has been released for public review and comment. Council is seeking the community’s feedback on the report and the interim Flood Planning Area (FPA) map, with the 6 week consultation period concluding on Friday, 26th February 2016.

Gundaroo flood - March 2014

Gundaroo flood – March 2014

“Yass Valley Council conducted community consultation during January and February 2015 and the information gained from these meetings has formed the foundation for the report prepared by WMAwater,” said Councillor David Needham, Chair of the Yass Valley Floodplain Risk Management Committee (FRMC). “Gaining input from residents of Sutton and Gundaroo is exceptionally important at this stage of the flood study and I encourage people to read the information available and attend their upcoming community meeting.”

WMAwater, along with Yass Valley Council, the Office of Environment & Heritage and State Emergency Services will be hosting community information sessions relating to the draft Flood Studies during the exhibition period:

  • Gundaroo Hall: Tuesday, 9th February 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm
  • Sutton Hall: Wednesday, 10th February 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm

“The Floodplain Risk Management Study for Sutton and Gundaroo will assist in understanding flood behaviour in the villages and help us plan for and manage future flood risk,” Director of Engineering, Gary Chapman.

Yass Valley Council received funding from the NSW Government to contribute towards the development of a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for Sutton and Gundaroo, a three stage process:

  • Stage one: a flood study defines the nature and extent of the flood behaviour.
  • Stage two: a floodplain risk management study determines options considering social, ecological and economic factors relating to the flood risk.
  • Stage three: a floodplain risk management plan where the preferred options are publically exhibited and subject to revision in light of responses received.

The final Flood Planning Area (FPA) map will be incorporated in the Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Copies of the report can be found on Council’s website (http://www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au/council/exhibition), alternatively and due to the size of the documents Council will make hardcopies available at; Yass Valley Council Office (209 Comur Street, Yass), Gundaroo & Sutton stores, Gundaroo Pub and Gundaroo & Sutton Public Schools (once school commences).

A printable PDF is available.

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