Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman MP recently joined Wingecarribee Shire General Manager Anne Prendergast to announce new funding of $130,000 to Wingecarribee Shire Council for local floodplain management through the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Grants Program.

Mrs Tuckerman said the grant, awarded under the 2019-20 Floodplain Management Program, will help Wingecarribee Shire Council better understand and manage local flood levels, risk and exposure in the Goulburn electorate.

“I congratulate Wingecarribee Shire Council on successfully securing this money to support their plans for the Review of the Wingecarribee River flood study.

“This study will model the tributaries along with the river and produce depth, velocity and hazard maps with detailed overland flow,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Mayor Duncan Gair said the funding would help Council better prepare for future floods.

“Flooding can cause terrible devastation to people and property,” he said.

“This grant will help us better plan, predict and manage future flood events that hit our Shire.”

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

The grants assist with flood studies and flood risk management studies, as well as the implementation of works to reduce flood risk such as flood levees, flood gates, warning systems, house raising or purchase in high risk areas.

In 2019-2020 under the Floodplain Management grants program $7.26 million for 50 projects will enable local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects. 

Further information and application forms are available here: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/Floodgrants.htm