Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan now in placeDate: 2017 07 03
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water today announced that the Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan has commenced.
Acting Deputy Director General DPI Water Dr Christobel Ferguson said the Barwon-Darling Valley plan was the second floodplain management plan developed as part of the reform of floodplain management across the northern valleys of the Murray-Darling Basin.
“This plan outlines a coordinated approach to management of risk to life and property from flooding, coordinates the development of flood works in the area and maintains connectivity to existing flood dependent features,” she said.
“The new plan will be implemented in the Barwon-Darling Valley from today, and is pivotal in ensuring healthy floodplain management for the area.
“The two newly developed floodplain management plans provide the framework for coordinating the development of flood works for each valley, building on current practices.”
The plan outlines the type of flood works that may be approved, assessment criteria for flood work applications, and rules for granting or amending flood work approvals, including advertising requirements.
“It also establishes four geographical reaches in the Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain, each named after the Traditional Owners of the country: Gomeroi Reach; Euahlayi, Gomeroi and Wayilwan Reach; Ngemba, Wayilwan, Euahlayi and Baranbinja Reach; and Wangaaypuwan, Ngemba, Baranbinja and Gunu Reach,” Dr Ferguson added.
Preparation of the Barwon-Darling plan involved community consultation and was overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel, incorporating representatives from DPI Water, the Office of Environment and Heritage, DPI Agriculture and Local Land Services.
The Gwydir Valley Plan has already commenced, with other floodplain management plans being prepared including the Border Rivers, Lower Namoi, Upper Namoi and Macquarie.
Funding for the NSW Healthy Floodplains Project is provided by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program, as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in NSW..
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