City’s first Local Adaption Plan adopted by Council

15 Mar 2016

Lake Macquarie City Council has tonight adopted a Local Adaptation Plan for Marks Point and Belmont South, which will allow people to continue to live and build in these areas, as sea and lake levels continue to rise.

Over the past two years, Council has worked with local residents, landowners, utility providers, local business, and the staff of the Office of Environment and Heritage to develop one of the first Local Adaptation Plans in Australia.

Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the plan identifies a set of achievable and cost-effective actions to be taken over the next ten years to prepare for and respond to increased levels of flooding and gradual Lake level rise.

“These actions lay the foundation for a strategy on hazard management, land use planning and asset planning to the end of the century,” Ms Pope said.

Actions identified in the Plan include constructing revetments to protect the foreshore from erosion, filling land progressively to maintain ground levels above the Lake, raising and improving the design of infrastructure, constructing floors of new buildings above projected flood levels and raising old homes above projected flood levels.

The collaborative process undertaken in preparation of this Plan is now being used to assist the communities of Pelican and Blacksmiths address future flood and coastal risks.

“We have learnt a lot from working with the community on this plan, and expect to start similar projects in the next few years for other low-lying areas around the Lake including Pelican, Blacksmiths, Swansea and Dora Creek,” Ms Pope said.

“We are in the first stage of preparing a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths.

“Residents are encouraged to attend a question and answer session with Council staff and independent experts in coastal processes and flood risk management on Thursday evening, to learn about the effect of sea level rise on our coast and the Lake.”

Learn more information about the upcoming Q&A event or register your interest by visiting http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/futurepelicanblacksmiths or calling Council on 4921 0333.

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