What is the Floodplain Management Program?
The Floodplain Management Program is a grant opportunity that provides financial support to local councils and eligible public land managers to help them manage flood risk in their communities. The program supports the implementation of the NSW Government’s Flood Prone Land Policy, which is outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual.
The NSW Government provides technical and financial support to local government under the Floodplain Management Program to manage flood risk. The primary objective of the Program is to support the implementation of the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy, which aims to reduce the impacts of existing flooding and flood liability on communities and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods, using ecologically
positive methods wherever possible.
The Program is administered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).
The NSW Government recommends that local government manage its flood risk by following the floodplain risk management process outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual (2005).
The Floodplain Management Program objectives are to provide technical and financial support to councils and eligible public land managers to:
- reduce the impacts of existing flooding and flood liability on communities and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods
- make informed decisions on managing flood risk by preparing floodplain risk management plans (and associated background studies) under the floodplain risk management process
- implement floodplain risk management plans to reduce flood risk to both existing and future development, and reduce losses through a range of property, flood and response modification measures as outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual
- provide essential information to the NSW State Emergency Service to enable the effective preparation and implementation of local flood plans to deal with flood emergency response.
Note: Projects which cannot demonstrate that they meet the objectives of the Floodplain Management Program will be considered ineligible for funding.
Funding comes from 2 programs, the NSW Floodplain Management Program and the Floodplain Grants Scheme – the latter is funded by Resilience NSW. Support provided under the programs usually involves $2 from government for every $1 provided by the applicant.
Under the 2020–21 funding round, $7,706,916 was awarded to local councils and other authorities to undertake 36 projects to assess the risks and reduce the impacts of flooding in New South Wales.
Applications can be made for the following projects:
- Stage 1 Flood study – Preparation of a flood study, including data collection.
- Stage 2 Floodplain risk management study – Preparation or review of a floodplain risk-management study and plan.
- Stage 3 Feasibility study – Investigation, design and/or feasibility study (where required) for works and new flood warning systems identified in a floodplain risk management plan. This stage must be undertaken for all new flood warning systems and for works projects that are likely to exceed a total implementation cost of $500,000 ex GST.
- Stage 4 Implementation – Implementing actions identified in a floodplain risk management plan or have completed the requirements of a Stage 3 project, this includes but not limited to:
- structural works, such as levees, detention basins, flood gates and improved flow conveyance
- flood warning systems
- evacuation management
- voluntary purchase or house raising.
Generally, the highest priority will be given to the following projects:
- Flood studies or floodplain risk management studies and plans (or reviews), with the highest priority given to those in areas with significant development pressures or where existing communities are exposed to flood risk but this risk is not fully understood.
- The next stage of a mitigation work that is integral to a stage in progress; for example, the next stage of a levee project or works to offset the impacts from a levee project being constructed.
- Mitigation works that are identified as a high priority in floodplain risk management studies and plans adopted by councils.
The following organisations are eligible to apply:
- local councils
- county councils
- other government bodies with equivalent floodplain risk management responsibilities to local councils (e.g. Lord Howe Island Board, Hunter Local Land Services (LLS)).
Local councils can also work together in a group, provided that either:
- one council is the lead agency in terms of signing of the funding agreement, managing monies and reporting on the project
- a relevant Joint Organisation applies for and manages the funding
Applications close 18 March 2021.
Funding for these projects came from the NSW Government Floodplain Management Program (FMP) and the Floodplain Grants Scheme (FGS), which is funded by Resilience NSW.
The FMP funded 26 projects totalling $5,361,586 and the FGS funded 10 projects totalling $2,345,330.
|Grant recipient/local government area||Project name||Funding program|
|Bland Shire Council||Ungarie floodplain risk management study and plan – stage 4||FGS|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Council||Cooks River catchment flood study stage 1||FMP|
|Floodplain risk management study and plan for sub-catchments of the Prospect Creek||FMP|
|Cessnock City Council||Swamp-Fishery Creek flood warning system||FGS|
|Cessnock urban area stage 1 flood warning system||FGS|
|City of Parramatta||A’Becketts Creek flood model and floodplain risk study and plan||FMP|
|Coonamble Shire Council||Coonamble levee – stage 5 – land matters||FMP|
|Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council||Cootamundra floodplain risk management study and plan||FMP|
|Forbes Shire Council||Forbes floodplain risk management plan||FMP|
|Goulburn Mulwaree Council||Marulan flood study and floodplain risk management study and plan||FMP|
|Griffith City Council||Hanwood stormwater pump and levee – stage 1 construction||FGS|
|Hay Shire Council||Hay and Maude floodplain risk management study and plan project||FMP|
|Hilltops Council||Detailed design, land purchase and structural works for Young flood mitigation detention basin (Basin B2) – stage 4||FMP|
|Young flood mitigation works (Basin B6) – stage 4||FMP|
|Ku-ring-gai Council||Lane Cove northern catchments flood study||FMP|
|Lachlan Shire Council||Goobang Creek flood study||FMP|
|Lismore City Council||Review and update Lismore flood risk management plan||FMP|
|Lockhart Shire Council||The Rock west drainage works||FMP|
|Mid-Western Regional Council||Mid-Western Regional Council floodplain risk management study and plan||FMP|
|Moree Shire Council||Pallamallawa northern levee design review||FMP|
|Murray River Council||River Estate and Jamieson Avenue (Barham) levee upgrade – detailed design||FMP|
|Narrandera Shire Council||Narrandera voluntary house raising/purchase feasibility assessment||FMP|
|Newcastle City Council||Flood study for Cottage, Styx and Throsby creeks, Newcastle||FMP|
|Northern Beaches Council||Middle Harbour flood study||FGS|
|Parkes Shire Council||Cookamidgera flood study and risk management plan||FMP|
|Bogan Gate and Gunningbland floodplain risk management plan||FMP|
|Trundle flood mitigation feasibility study||FMP|
|Penrith City Council||Peach Tree and Lower Surveyors creeks catchment floodplain risk management study and plan||FGS|
|St Marys flood protection levee upgrade – investigation and detailed design||FGS|
|Doonmore Street, Penrith retarding basin – detailed investigation and detailed design||FGS|
|Richmond Valley Council||Update the Richmond River flood study||FMP|
|Shellharbour City Council||Review of Horsley Creek floodplain risk management study and plan||FGS|
|Tamworth Regional Council||Manilla South Street levee||FMP|
|Flood warning – Nundle and Woolomin||FGS|
|Wollongong City Council||Review of Wollongong City floodplain risk management study and plan||FMP|
|McMahon Street detention basin detailed design||FMP|