Hilltops Council’s flood plan for the future

As part of Hilltops Council’s ongoing work to minimise the damage caused by flooding in the Boorowa township, a draft risk management study and plan has been placed on display for public feedback.

The Boorowa Floodplain Risk Management Study (FRMS) was commissioned by Council and partially grant-funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage to assess the impacts of flooding, review Council’s policies regarding development in flood-prone areas, and to consider options for the management of flood-affected land.

The FRMS focuses on flooding from the Boorowa River, Ryans Creek and Ryans Tributary, as well as flooding caused by high flows in other major – and some minor – tributaries, impacting Boorowa.

Hilltops Council’s General Manager Anthony McMahon explained that based on the study, a draft Floodplain Risk Management Plan (FRMP) has been developed, that sets out flood mitigation options for Council to consider.

“Ultimately the plan sets out a recommended program of works and measures aimed at reducing over time, the social, environmental and economic impacts of flooding in the area,” Mr McMahon said.

“It proposes ‘flood planning levels’ for the various land uses in the floodplain, and sets out proposed modifications to existing Council policies to ensure that the development of flood-affected land is done so in a way that recognises potential flood hazard and risk,” he said.

The draft Boorowa Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan is currently on public exhibition for comment until February 16, 2018.

The community is encouraged to provide comments to Council in relation to the content of the document.

Hard copies of the draft are available at Council offices and the Boorowa Hilltops Library. A copy is also available for download on Council’s website.

Submissions should be made in writing to the General Manager by post to Hilltops Council, Locked Bag 5, Young NSW, 2594 or by email at mail@hilltops.nsw.gov.au.