Guiding developments through flood risk

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) has a key role in assessing the flood risk of developments and new homes in the western half of Gippsland. This includes Warragul, Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Foster, Sale, Yarram, Traralgon, Moe, Morwell and all the communities in between.

WGCMA CEO, Martin Fuller, said staff at the organisation are currently reviewing the Guidelines for Development in Flood Affected Areas.

“These guidelines are developed in line with government policy and guide how our staff make a decision on whether or not a development in a certain area is appropriate,” explained Mr Fuller.

“Our last set of guidelines were developed in 2012 and we now have new guidance and information that can be incorporated into our 2019 guidelines.

“We’ve got the draft guidelines prepared and we’re now seeking feedback from local government, developers and community members who have an interest in floodplains and development in our region,” continued Mr Fuller.

The guidelines are designed to be user-friendly to ensure that developers and community members understand the process and how WGCMA staff assess development in flood-affected areas.

“Floodplains are living extensions of the rivers, and at times they will flood. In some cases, development on a floodplain will be inappropriate or it will be possible, provided certain conditions are met.”

The draft guidelines are available at www.wgcma.vic.gov.au and feedback is open to 6 September. Feedback can be given by emailing planning@wgcma.vic.gov.au.

For more information please call Adam Dunn on 1300 094 262.

Published Wednesday August 7th 2019

Coastal erosion at Inverloch
Traralgon Sound Shell during the 2012 floods
Tam Road storm damage