Comment invited on draft Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management PlanDate: 2016 11 01
Floodplain landholders and the general community are being invited to comment on the draft Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan, Director Water Planning and Policy, Alison Kirk, announced today.
“The draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan is the third of six floodplain management plans being prepared across the northern valleys in NSW's Murray-Darling Basin,” said Ms Kirk.
“The purpose of the draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan is to coordinate the future development of flood works on the floodplain.”
“The plan is designed to manage the risk to life and property from the effects of flooding and protect and maintain flood connectivity to flood-dependent ecological and cultural features of the floodplain.”
Ms Kirk said the draft plan proposes minimal change for landholders, building on current practices through improved technical knowledge and understanding to achieve a simplified approvals process for new and amended flood works.
“The draft plan outlines the types of flood works that may be considered for approval, standards of flood works, advertising requirements for approvals, as well as where state-wide exemptions apply.”
“To ensure a balanced approach, development of the draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan has been overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel incorporating representatives from DPI, Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services.”
Ms Kirk continued, saying DPI Water is also currently undertaking a process to licence floodplain harvesting through the NSW Healthy Floodplains Project, which is separate from the development of floodplain management plans.
“I would urge all interested people to review the draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan and make comment to ensure that the final plan deals with local issues in a practical way,” Ms Kirk said.
Details of where people can view the draft plan, together with additional information, can be found on Floodplain management plans on exhibition.
Public comment on the draft Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan closes on Friday 9 December 2016.
This project is funded 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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