Brisbane Water and Erina Creek floodplain management plans adopted

Two plans to deal with current and future flood risks along the shores of Brisbane Water and Erina Creek were adopted by Gosford Council on December 8.

Key actions recommended in the Brisbane Water Foreshore Floodplain Risk Management Plan and Erina Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan will now be reviewed and prioritised for implementation.

Gosford mayor, Cr Lawrie McKinna said both plans were an important part of Council’s efforts to tackle the flood threats facing residents in these areas. “Brisbane Water has a unique layout, is close to the ocean, and many residents live in its low-lying foreshore areas,” Cr McKinna said.

“Erina Creek is one of Brisbane Water’s largest sub-catchments and is vulnerable to flooding caused by ocean storm surge, high rainfall, wind wave action or sea level rise.

“The plans we’ve adopted recommend a series of mitigation actions to manage flood risks within and around Brisbane Water and Erina Creek. “Key actions include amending planning requirements, improving emergency responses, upgrading infrastructure, and boosting the community’s understanding of flood risks,” he said.

Both plans were adopted by the Council following extensive community consultation this year. “I would like to sincerely thank every member of the community who provided feedback on these plans, especially those who were able to attend our information sessions,” Cr McKinna said.

“I’d also like to assure the community that we have carefully considered the effect any flood mitigation actions might have on property values or insurance premiums, and other development issues, as part of the plans.”

Media release,
Dec 8, 2015
Gosford Council media