State government shores up Upper Lachlan's floodplain management

The state government has given ULSC $51,000 for floodplain management and a new flood alert system. Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the funding.

Government: Upper Lachlan Shire Council director of infrastructure Mursaleen Shah, with Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, and mayor John Stafford at Kiamma Creek, Crookwell. Photo supplied.

Government: Upper Lachlan Shire Council director of infrastructure Mursaleen Shah, with Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, and mayor John Stafford at Kiamma Creek, Crookwell. Photo supplied.

The grant will fund a preliminary study for a flood warning system for Crookwell, Gunning, Collector and Taralga. It will also help the council manage flood levels, risk and exposure.

NSW State Emergency Services coordinator (ULS) Joanne Humphries said the SES would work with the council for floodplain management. "We're pleased to hear the council has received that grant and we will work with them to work out the best strategies and ... to provide warning systems," Ms Humphries said.

There is presently no formal warning system for the four areas and the warning time is short from one up to three hours.

Recommendations in the 2017 'Floodplain risk management study and draft plan' included a severe weather warning alert system for the four areas and a land-based flood warning system for Gunning.

Ms Humphries said Gunning and Collector were the main risk areas for flash flooding, and Crookwell was a lower risk.

Mayor John Stafford said the outcome of the study should reduce the risk of flash flooding for residents.

"The council is doing our utmost to improve flood warnings in areas affected by flash flooding," Cr Stafford said.

The state government's Floodplain Management Grants Program funds important projects for local councils to assess flood risk and help reduce impacts on their local communities.

In 2019-2020, the grants program provided $7.26 million for 50 projects throughout the state.

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