Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:50

WSROC welcomes flood review

Media Release Jan 25, 2013

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a strategic review of flood mitigation options for the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley.

 

WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the move showed the Government was listening to the concerns of Western Sydney councils and residents and had recognised the potential damage that could be caused by a major flood.

“Our councils have been calling for action on this issue for years,” he said. “I am pleased to say I have now received a letter from the Premier to say the Government has begun a major review of major flood mitigation options in the region.

He said flooding was a serious concern for key western Sydney Councils including Liverpool, Penrith, Blacktown and Hawkesbury and that an urgent study was needed to determine appropriate mitigation measures.

“That is why I am pleased the Government has responded to our concerns and has promised to assess all potential options, including the current operations of Warragamba Dam.”

“Infrastructure NSW has also recognised this importance of the issue and listed it as a key recommendation in its First Things First - State Infrastructure Strategy released last October.”

Clr Hadchiti said a study carried out as part of the Strategy had shown there were 21,000 residential buildings on the floodplain – more than 5,000 than previously thought, and that an additional 143 hectares of commercial and industrial property had been built since 1990.

The report also noted that a repeat of the 1867 flood would cause up to $1.7 billion in direct damages and $3 billion in total damages.

“This would affect an estimated 7,600 homes, with about 1200 of those destroyed, Clr Hadchiti said.

“A 1 in a 1000 flood, such as that in Queensland early last year would cause up to $4.3 billion in direct damages and up to $8 billion in total damages, affecting 14,000 homes.

“A flood of this magnitude would put 43,000 residents and 9,000 employees of local business at risk.”

“These are risks that we simply cannot afford to take and which is why we are looking forward to working closely with the Government and our communities as they undertake this important review.

WSROC Vice President, Clr Tiffany Tree, who is also the Deputy Mayor of Hawkesbury, said a key part of any review should for both State and Federal Governments to fund a major study of the potential impact of flooding in Western Sydney catchments,” she said.

“This is important because, although individual councils have conducted their own studies, we need an overall regional assessment in order to be truly effective.


“These isolated studies have impacted on permissible building heights, insurance and land values, when in fact a regional study would produce a more realistic picture of the flood plain in Western Sydney,” she said.


“It is also worth noting that the Queensland Government is now facing a potential class action claim which could run over $1 billion as a result of the 2011 floods,” Clr Tree said. “This shows Governments have a responsibility to act early and avoid the potential for such damage in the future.”

 

 


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