New Gwydir Valley Flooplain Management Plan commencesDate: 2016 08 12
The commencement of the Gwydir Valley Floodplain Management Plan will streamline the approval process for flood works and reduce delays for landholders, DPI Water Director Water Planning and Policy, Alison Kirk, said today.
“The Gwydir plan is the first of six floodplain plans being prepared across the northern valleys in NSW's Murray-Darling Basin,” said Ms Kirk.
“The purpose of the Gwydir plan is to coordinate the development of flood works on the floodplain, manage the risk to life and property from the effects of flooding and protect and maintain flood connectivity to ecological and cultural features of the floodplain that are dependent on flood waters.
“The Gwydir plan contains minimal change for landholders, building on current practices through improved knowledge and technology to apply floodplain management arrangements consistently across the whole floodplain.”
Ms Kirk said the plan establishes management zones and clearly outlines the types of flood works that may be approved, assessment criteria for flood work applications, and rules for granting and amending flood work approvals including requirements for advertising.
“To ensure a balanced approach, development of the Gwydir plan was overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel incorporating representatives from the Department of Primary Industries - Water, Office of Environment and Heritage, the Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services.”
Ms Kirk continued, saying that in addition to the Gwydir plan, DPI Water is undertaking a process to licence floodplain harvesting through the NSW Healthy Floodplains project.
“To assist floodplain landholders and the broader community to understand the new Gwydir plan, detailed information has been developed, including rules and assessment criteria summary sheets, a technical manual on general floodplain plan development, as well as material related specifically to the development of the Gwydir plan.
“This information is available from the DPI Water and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage websites,” Ms Kirk said.
The NSW Healthy Floodplains 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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