We are preparing the West Gippsland Floodplain Management Strategy to help the community better understand flood behaviour, so that communities better understand their flood risk and can take the necessary actions to minimise the risk to themselves and their property.
The strategy will help coordinate all agencies and communities to minimise flood risks. It includes a three year work plan with actions included where the responsible authority agrees to implement them.
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 and a high level regional work program 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 regional 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 partner agencies to ensure currency and accuracy of information and alignment of priorities
- consult with relevant communities to use local knowledge and empower communities
- September – identify regional risks with input from local government, SES, other agencies and community.
- November/December – determine appropriate risk mitigation options with feedback from local government, SES, other agencies and community.
- February – briefings to local government detailing risk and mitigation options
- May/June – Draft Regional Strategy released for public comment
- October -Regional Strategy sent to DELWP for final comment December – Final Regional Strategy released to the public