Flood advice information

We are responsible for floodplain management in the West Gippsland region. Our role is to give advice that encourages appropriate development and reduces the impacts of flooding on life, property and infrastructure.

Flood advice form

If you would like flood advice on a specific property, please complete the flood advice form.

Floodplain Management

A floodplain is the area of land that is inundated when a waterway can no longer contain the catchment’s run-off within its beds and banks. Floodplains play an important role in the temporary storage of floodwaters and often have significant environmental values. The main aims of floodplain management are to protect:

  • life, property and community assets from flooding
  • the natural functions of floodplains and waterways
  • floodplain areas of environmental significance.

Guidelines for developing in flood prone areas

These flood guidelines were developed as a useful reference tool for property owners, developers, designers or builders looking to develop land in a flood prone area. A hardcopy is available from our office in Traralgon. These guidelines aim to promote safe and appropriate development in flood prone areas within West Gippsland. We encourage you to read these guidelines and contact a member of our Statutory Planning Team on 1300 094 262, before you submit an application for a planning permit.

Prepare for floods

Advice on how to prepare for a flood can be found on the Victorian State Emergency Service website.

Flood warnings

The best place to get information about flood warnings is on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website.

Rainfall information

You can view rainfall information for East Gippsland and West Gippsland on the BoM website.

River height levels

You can view river height levels for East Gippsland and West Gippsland on the BoM website.