Rural floodplain management plans under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912
Rural floodplain management plans were previously prepared under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912. These plans were developed to achieve the following outcomes:
- Mapping of floodplain development, major flood flow-paths and flood-dependent ecosystems to better manage floodplain assets
- Mapping of unobstructed floodway networks to identify effective passage of floodwaters and maintain floodplain connectivity to protect and enhance flood-dependent ecosystems and fish passage
- Provision of guidelines to determine where landholder flood protection works can and cannot be constructed
- Provision of remedial solutions to resolve hydraulic and environmental ‘hot-spots’ using a strategic risk management approach
- Provision of assessment criteria for regulating existing and future flood control works within floodway networks
These outcomes are designed to benefit rural communities and the floodplain environment, allowing farmers to plan for future sustainable development based on a strategic scheme for the management of floodwaters.
A total of 21 rural floodplain management plans were developed across NSW under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912. DPI Water is currently transitioning from the floodplain management plan and controlled works provisions of Part 8 of the Water Act 1912 (WA 1912) to the equivalent provisions under the Water Management Act 2000 (WMA 2000). This will mean some changes in terminology for current holders of Part 8 approvals, changes in the way floodplain management plans are made, and changes in the approval process for landholders who may wish to apply for flood work approvals in the future. However, in many respects provisions of the WMA 2000 regarding floodplain management plans and flood works relate closely to the WA 1912 provisions, and many landholders will notice little if any difference as a result of the change to the WMA 2000.
More information on flood work approvals
- Flood work approvals
- Floodplain Management Plans commenced under the Water Management Act 2000
- Floodplain Management under the Water Management Act 2000: A Guide to the changes (PDF, 56.68 KB)
A guide to the transition of floodplain management planning from theWater Act 1912to theWater Management Act 2000in NSW.