Floodplain Management Program

Floodplain Management Program

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.

 

Background

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).

 

Objectives

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

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.

 

Eligible Projects

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.

 

Eligible Applicants

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

 

Timing

Applications close 18 March 2021.

 

More Information

 

Latest Recipients

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 areaProject nameFunding program
Bland Shire CouncilUngarie floodplain risk management study and plan – stage 4FGS
Canterbury-Bankstown CouncilCooks River catchment flood study stage 1FMP
Floodplain risk management study and plan for sub-catchments of the Prospect CreekFMP
Cessnock City CouncilSwamp-Fishery Creek flood warning systemFGS
Cessnock urban area stage 1 flood warning systemFGS
City of ParramattaA’Becketts Creek flood model and floodplain risk study and planFMP
Coonamble Shire CouncilCoonamble levee – stage 5 – land mattersFMP
Cootamundra Gundagai Regional CouncilCootamundra floodplain risk management study and planFMP
Forbes Shire CouncilForbes floodplain risk management planFMP
Goulburn Mulwaree CouncilMarulan flood study and floodplain risk management study and planFMP
Griffith City CouncilHanwood stormwater pump and levee – stage 1 constructionFGS
Hay Shire CouncilHay and Maude floodplain risk management study and plan projectFMP
Hilltops CouncilDetailed design, land purchase and structural works for Young flood mitigation detention basin (Basin B2) – stage 4FMP
Young flood mitigation works (Basin B6) – stage 4FMP
Ku-ring-gai CouncilLane Cove northern catchments flood studyFMP
Lachlan Shire CouncilGoobang Creek flood studyFMP
Lismore City CouncilReview and update Lismore flood risk management planFMP
Lockhart Shire CouncilThe Rock west drainage worksFMP
Mid-Western Regional CouncilMid-Western Regional Council floodplain risk management study and planFMP
Moree Shire CouncilPallamallawa northern levee design reviewFMP
Murray River CouncilRiver Estate and Jamieson Avenue (Barham) levee upgrade – detailed designFMP
Narrandera Shire CouncilNarrandera voluntary house raising/purchase feasibility assessmentFMP
Newcastle City CouncilFlood study for Cottage, Styx and Throsby creeks, NewcastleFMP
Northern Beaches CouncilMiddle Harbour flood studyFGS
Parkes Shire CouncilCookamidgera flood study and risk management planFMP
Bogan Gate and Gunningbland floodplain risk management planFMP
Trundle flood mitigation feasibility studyFMP
Penrith City CouncilPeach Tree and Lower Surveyors creeks catchment floodplain risk management study and planFGS
St Marys flood protection levee upgrade – investigation and detailed designFGS
Doonmore Street, Penrith retarding basin – detailed investigation and detailed designFGS
Richmond Valley CouncilUpdate the Richmond River flood studyFMP
Shellharbour City CouncilReview of Horsley Creek floodplain risk management study and planFGS
Tamworth Regional CouncilManilla South Street leveeFMP
Flood warning – Nundle and WoolominFGS
Wollongong City CouncilReview of Wollongong City floodplain risk management study and planFMP
McMahon Street detention basin detailed designFMP

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