Adapting Swansea: Planning for future flood risks

Living by the coast and lake in Swansea is a great lifestyle, and it is important that we manage this dynamic environment and plan for the future.

Lake Macquarie is a tidal lake, so water levels are expected to rise at the same rate as the ocean. Swansea has many low-lying areas that are already impacted by flooding or inundation during king tides. As sea levels rise, the number of properties exposed to storm flooding and/or tidal inundation, and the frequency of these natural events, will increase.

Council is committed to keeping our community safe from climatic events into the future. Decisions we make now can have lasting impacts. New roads, drains and homes built today will still be around in 50 to 100 years, so we have to plan for the future now.

Join us for two upcoming Let's Talk community forums in May:

Community evacuation plans and safety during natural disasters with SES

Tuesday 7 May, 5.30-7pm, The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

Understanding the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea with Dr David Wainwright

Monday 13 May, 5.30-7pm, The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

No need to RSVP, light refreshments will be provided.


Living by the coast and lake in Swansea is a great lifestyle, and it is important that we manage this dynamic environment and plan for the future.

Lake Macquarie is a tidal lake, so water levels are expected to rise at the same rate as the ocean. Swansea has many low-lying areas that are already impacted by flooding or inundation during king tides. As sea levels rise, the number of properties exposed to storm flooding and/or tidal inundation, and the frequency of these natural events, will increase.

Council is committed to keeping our community safe from climatic events into the future. Decisions we make now can have lasting impacts. New roads, drains and homes built today will still be around in 50 to 100 years, so we have to plan for the future now.

Join us for two upcoming Let's Talk community forums in May:

Community evacuation plans and safety during natural disasters with SES

Tuesday 7 May, 5.30-7pm, The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

Understanding the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea with Dr David Wainwright

Monday 13 May, 5.30-7pm, The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

No need to RSVP, light refreshments will be provided.


The community and Council are exploring the current flood and inundation hazards in Swansea to help prepare a local adaptation plan together. Ask a question to find out more and help shape the areas we investigate further.

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