Flooding and flood damage in the inner City costs hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The City of Sydney was recently awarded $240,000 from the State Government to help us identify and reduce the impacts of flooding on our local communities.
The City is developing floodplain risk management studies and floodplain risk management plans for all its drainage sub-catchments, in order to better understand flood risks within the City and help us mitigate and manage those risks.
The process is part of the NSW Government's Flood Prone Land Policy, which aims to reduce the possible effects of flooding and flood liability on owners and occupiers. It will also help reduce losses resulting from floods.
The City's work is focussing on our more flood prone sub-catchments, with a floodplain risk management plan for the Green Square and West Kensington sub-catchment already well advanced.
The new funding will help progress analysis of another four key sub-catchments - Alexandra Canal, Blackwattle Bay, Centennial Park and Rushcutters Bay, and Johnston Creek.
As part of our Green Infrastructure work, the City is developing a Decentralised Water Master Plan - examining the demand for water throughout the City, possible alternative water sources and how we can better clean, recycle and distribute water.
The Decentralised Water Master Plan is due for completion later this year.
I will be at Sydney Park on Sunday from 12:30 with Federal Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek MP, to unveil plans for a major park upgrade, which includes scenic cascades, innovative stormwater collection and improved wildlife habitat.
The Federal Government will contribute $5 million to the second stage of the project under the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.
The proposed $10 million upgrade will see up to 850 million litres of stormwater - equivalent of 340 Olympic pools - recycled and used in the park, wetlands and potentially by nearby businesses. Additionally, it will provide landscaping to connect two of the existing wetlands and establish a new picnic area.
- Sydney Park Consultation Day: Sunday 16 October 11.00am to 2.00pm (I will be there at 12:30) Community Information Session. Sydney Park - adjacent to Kiosk area
- Click HERE to view the City of Sydney Floodplain Management.
- Click HERE to view the Decentralised Water Master Plan.
- Click HERE for information from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.