Floodplain management plans under development
The NSW Government has transitioned from the floodplain management planning and controlled works provisions of Part 8 of theWater Act 1912to the equivalent provisions of theWater Management Act 2000. These changes commenced on 21 September 2015 and contribute to the sustainable management of water on floodplains.
Floodplain management plans provide the framework for coordinating the development of flood works on a whole of valley basis.
Floodplain management plans are being developed for five valleys in northern New South Wales. The following list shows plans currently under development. Note that the names of these plans may change as they are being developed.
|Floodplain Management Plan||Anticipated commencement*|
|Upper Namoi Valley Floodplain||Fourth quarter 2017|
|Lower Namoi Valley Floodplain||First quarter 2018|
|Border Rivers Valley Floodplain||Fourth quarter 2017|
|Macquarie Valley Floodplain||Second quarter 2018|
(*) consideration of commencement dates is currently underway by DPI Water. As a result anticipated commencement dates may change
How are floodplain management plans developed?
The development of floodplain management plans is guided by the Draft Rural Floodplain Management Plans: Technical manual (PDF 1.7 MB) which provides a general description of the method employed to develop plans across rural New South Wales.
The development of floodplain management plans is a partnered approach between NSW DPI Water and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for developing the technical content of floodplain management plans in consultation with a Technical Advisory Group. NSW DPI Water is responsible for the review and consultation process for development of floodplain management plans and for writing the Order (legal plan).
The development of floodplain management plans is overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel comprising membership form DPI (Agriculture and Fisheries interests), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and DPI Water. The Interagency Panel Review the draft floodplain management plans at key stages in the development process; prior to targeted consultation, prior to public exhibition, and prior to finalisation of each plan.
Initially the draft floodplain management plan boundary, management zones, rules and assessment criteria are road tested with key stakeholders during a targeted consultation process. Changes may be made to the plan as a result of feedback received from targeted consultation.
The draft floodplain management plan boundary, management zones, rules and assessment criteria are then presented to the wider community during a public exhibition process. Submissions from this process are considered by the Interagency Regional Panel and, where necessary, changes are made to the draft plan prior to preparation of the plan for commencement.
The plan is then submitted for the endorsement of the Minister for Lands and Water who is required to seek the concurrence of the Minister for the Environment prior to commencement of the plan.
Plans on exhibition can be found on separate pages in the floodplain management section of this website.