Georges River Flood Study commences

Black and white aerial image of Georges River flooding in 1956

The Georges River is one of the major water catchments in the Greater Sydney Region. While we’re experiencing less rain at the moment, the river does have a history of flooding.

Being home to 1.4 million of Sydney’s residents over 950km2, and with an expected increase in population as growth and development increases over the coming years, it’s vital to know the catchment area’s flooding risk and how to mitigate it.

The Georges Riverkeeper Floodplain Risk Management Subcommittee was formed in mid-2018 by Georges Riverkeeper and the eight local Councils along the river.

The group is collaborating to develop a catchment-wide Floodplain Risk Management Study for the Georges River.

The Study aims to reduce the risk to life, property and social amenity from floods in the Georges River catchment, now and into the future.

Phase 1 will cover the collation of flood modelling, flood risk, floodplain risk management and emergency response data across the catchment, which will be reviewed for gaps, consistency, adequacy and reliability. With the review of proposed planning changes, this project will quantify the risk to people and property.

Phase 1 will commence in January 2020.

The Committee has received a grant of $150,000 from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to match their contribution of $75,000.

Georges Riverkeeper thanks Bayside Council, Campbelltown City Council, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Fairfield City Council, Georges River Council, Liverpool City Council, Sutherland Shire Council and Wollondilly Shire Council for their commitment to the project.

This project is funded through the NSW Government Floodplain Management Program.

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