Penrith residents will be hearing more about flooding issues from Council as well as the NSW State Government over coming months, as a range of separate but complementary studies and plans are being worked on.
Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said the river is one of the reasons our City is so attractive for residents, investors and visitors.
"It is central to the lifestyle, environment and recreational opportunities we love, but like all waterway cities around the world we need to be prepared for the fact that flood events will happen," Cr Fowler said.
"We cannot flood proof our cities, but we can take steps to reduce the risk and impact to infrastructure, homes, businesses and residents in the event of a flood."
A priority for both Council and the NSW Government is to develop up-to-date and detailed flood maps and modelling, and community input is a vital part of this.
Council's work is focussed on individual local catchment areas most at risk of flooding. We are following the staged process set out in the NSW Government's Flood Prone Land Policy, which involves a Flood Study, and a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. At each stage we are talking with residents in each study area to understand their experiences of flooding and ideas for effective flood management.
We are currently calling on residents in Emu Heights, Emu Plains and Leonay to share their flood experiences to help us prepare the Emu Plains Flood Study. We are also asking residents in the Nepean River study area to complete a questionnaire about flooding issues, to help us develop the Nepean River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. Visit yoursaypenrith.com.au to find out more about these studies and complete a questionnaire.
Meanwhile, the NSW Government is implementing a regional flood strategy for the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley, focussing on community awareness, evacuation planning and flood forecasting. Council's studies and plans will help inform and complement this broader regional work. For details visit insw.com/flood-strategy.
For more information on our flood management program, visit Council's website or contact us on 4732 7777.