Flood­plain strat­egy is mak­ing progress

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By LACH­LAN DURLING

FOL­LOW­ING months of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, the devel­op­ment of the re­gional flood­plain man­age­ment strat­egy is mov­ing for­ward.

Since the 2010-11 floods, work has been done to im­prove flood map­ping, flood warn­ing sys­tems and com­mu­nity flood aware­ness for spe­cific towns, but as a re­gion, there is still work to do.

North Cen­tral CMA re­gional flood­plain man­age­ment strat­egy project man­ager Shaun Mor­gan said com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion was the first step in de­vel­op­ing a re­gional strat­egy for flood­plain man­age­ment.

“We have spo­ken with coun­cils and com­mu­ni­ties over the past few months and they have told us what ac­tions they want to see hap­pen and what their pri­or­i­ties are,” Mr Mor­gan said.

“We have pri­ori­tised th­ese ac­tions and we are now look­ing for com­mu­nity feed­back prior to fi­nal­is­ing the strat­egy.

“We will de­velop ac­tion lists for each mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and there will be a num­ber of re­gion-wide ac­tions that strad­dle coun­cil bound­aries.

“Coun­cils and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies will then be able to align their po­ten­tial to source and al­lo­cate funds to­wards im­ple­ment­ing pri­or­ity ac­tions.”

Re­gional strate­gies in­ter­pret and ap­ply the poli­cies and ac­count­abil­i­ties called for by the Vic­to­rian Flood Man­age­ment Strat­egy.

“Every­one has a role to play in man­ag­ing flood risks and pre­par­ing for flood events,” Mr Mor­gan said.

“Com­mu­ni­ties and gov­ern­ment must work to­gether to de­cide on the level of flood mit­i­ga­tion they want and can af­ford.

“Flood­plain man­age­ment is a nev­erend­ing cy­cle, re­quir­ing ac­tions be­fore, dur­ing and after a flood.

“Flood­ing is nat­u­ral and in­evitable across Vic­to­ria. We can­not pre­vent flood­ing, we can only man­age its im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties.”

The draft flood­plain man­age­ment strat­egy is avail­able at http://bit.ly/ regflood

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