West Gippsland Floodplain Management Strategy

We are preparing the West Gippsland Floodplain Management Strategy to help communities understand their flood risk and take action to minimise the risk to themselves and their property.

Feedback on the draft West Gippsland Regional Floodplain Management Strategy has now closed.

The strategy will help coordinate agencies and communities to minimise flood risks.

Through this process everyone will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each agency and flood risk across the region.

The final strategy will

  • help agencies with flood emergency management functions to align their priorities
  • provide a single, regional planning document for floodplain management to guide future investment priorities
  • align the efforts of various agencies and communities to deliver the outcomes called for by the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy
  • assess flood risk across the region against the community’s tolerance for flood risks
  • explore a range of mitigation measures for the identified risks
  • prioritise the actions necessary to put preferred mitigation measures in place
  • consult with relevant communities to use local knowledge and empower communities

Timeline

  • September 2016 – identify regional risks with input from local government, SES, other agencies and community.
  • November/December 2016 – determine appropriate risk mitigation options with feedback from local government, SES, other agencies and community.
  • February 2017 – briefings to local government detailing risk and mitigation options
  • May/June 2017 – Draft Strategy released for public comment
  • October 2017 – Revised Strategy sent to the State Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for  comment
  • December 2017 – Final Strategy released to the public

Useful links

  • East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority is preparing their own Floodplain Management Strategy. Feedback on their draft strategy has now closed. Visit their website for more information www.egcma.com.au.
  • The State Government has developed the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy for the state. More information about this is available on the Department’s website.