Ballimore to benefit from flood study funding

The Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed an announcement by the NSW Government that Dubbo Regional Council has successfully applied for a $100,000 Flood Plain Management grant.

The grant, announced by the government on Wednesday, will be used by Council to create the Ballimore Village Flood Study, Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. Council will contribute $50,000 in additional funding to the project.

Similar projects are currently being carried out at the villages of Geurie and Eumungerie.

“This is fantastic news for Ballimore because we can now ensure the residents there will have a flood plan that meets their needs and I thank the State Government for this funding,” Councillor Shields said.

“The existing flood management plan was created in 1996 and needs reviewing to ensure the current needs of the community are met during times of flood.”

The project will review all previous data and produce an up-to-date flood study which utilises the latest available data and technology in flood modelling.

The flood study will form the technical basis for Council to prepare a Floodplain Risk Management Study and will also provide valuable information for flood planning.

“It is important that all of our villages are catered for and floodplain management is crucial, especially for Ballimore, which is situated right on the banks of the Talbragar River,” Councillor Shields said.

“Council has already started comprehensive flood studies for Geurie and Eumungerie that will shape our management for those villages.

“Council will continue to look for funding opportunities for projects at the villages and across the entire Dubbo Region.” 

Council will look to engage a consultant to undertake the study in early 2019.

MEDIA CONTACT  

Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council, Ben Shields: 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 22 Nov 2018

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