Floodplain members and consultants
Three community members have been appointed as representatives on the Floodplain Risk Management Committee for the Corowa, Howlong and Mulwala Flood Study project.
Corowa’s Geoff Lewis, John Skinner from Howlong and Mulwala’s Ross McHenry were unanimously chosen by Federation Council at council’s monthly August meeting where the consultants were also named.
“The contract has been let to WMAwater and work will be commencing in September/ October,” council’s director development and environmental services Susan Appleyard advised.
“The consultants will be subject to strict contract conditions and a fixed lump sum fee.”
Ms Appleyard said WMAwater has a good working knowledge of flooding in the Murray River and its tributaries as the company has been involved in studies in Albury and are currently working on the Berrigan Shire Council’s flood study.
“The company is also completing the Villages Floodplain Study and plan for the northern villages of Boree Creek, Morundah, Oaklands, Rand and Urana,” she said.
The Floodplain Risk Committee is a steering committee set up to guide and oversee the consultants engaged by council to undertake the flood study project.
Under the process outlined by the NSW
Government Floodplain Development Manual, a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is established by the local council to oversee and direct the preparation and implementation of floodplain risk management plans.
The committee consists of council staff representatives (e.g. typically engineering and planning), key government agency representatives (e.g. typically DPIE and SES), councillors and local community representatives.
The Corowa, Howlong and Mulwala Flood Study encompasses an assessment of flooding conditions and impacts at the three towns.
Mr Skinner has a technical background suited to the technical nature of this flood study project.
Mr Lewis is a former long serving council staff engineer who possesses a good knowledge of flooding conditions at Corowa and current infrastructure and measures taken in flooding events.
Mr McHenry is a resident of Mulwala and a former staff member of council on the utilities sector, and has a very good knowledge of infrastructure in and around Mulwala.
Councillor representatives are Cr Paul Miegel (Corowa), Cr David Longley (Howlong) and for Mulwala, Crs Bronwyn Thomas and Andrew Kennedy. Council staff will be represented by the Ms Appleyard and the director of engineering services Steve Carmichael. Local Environmental Groups are invited to provide a representative.