Sub-committee forms to deal with future flood planning

The second meeting of the Community Working Group was held last Thursday evening with participants deciding to form a sub-committee to work with Council staff to assess options for mitigating flood risk and drainage problems in the Marks Point and Belmont South area.

Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said that the sub-committee will help speed
up this phase of the project, where pros and cons of almost 40 management options need to be considered.

“I am pleased to see that we have a number of passionate community members that have a wealth of experience they are willing and able to share with Council as we try and tackle what is both a sensitive and complex issue like planning for ongoing drainage problems and increases in future flooding,” Sharon said

“We have residents engineering and building experience who will be working closely with us, and they will be able to report back to the wider working group about the progress they make in filtering and screening management options.”

Participants also raised concerns about recent media reports on development controls in flood prone areas.  Council staff were able to share information with the group and assure participants that there were no new conditions or general freeze on development.

“We acknowledge that there are concerns about the effect of controls on the ability to subdivide some blocks, and the effect this might have on property values. These issues will be assessed further as part of developing the Local Adaptation Plan in this collaborative way,” Sharon said.

The first meeting of the sub-committee is likely to be held in early July, with the next Community Working Group meeting identified for late July.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Community Working Group, call 4921 0333 or email


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