FloodFutures

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Flood management is something that affects us all and Wagga Wagga City Council is continuing a long-term conversation with the community regarding all aspects of flood management.

In recent history, sections of the community flooded in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and memories of floods large and small span decades for many residents.

FloodFutures is an ongoing discussion on how we as a community manage living on the floodplain. Your input is needed on plans, studies and projects as they are developed to ensure your voice informs decisions on flood protection, mitigation and management.

We're currently seeking expressions of interest for an independent peer review of the North Wagga component of the overall Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. Councillors passed a budget variation to cover the cost of this request on 27 July 2020.

If you need any extra information or have questions that aren't answered on the website, please email us at floodfutures@wagga.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 292 442.

Flood management is something that affects us all and Wagga Wagga City Council is continuing a long-term conversation with the community regarding all aspects of flood management.

In recent history, sections of the community flooded in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and memories of floods large and small span decades for many residents.

FloodFutures is an ongoing discussion on how we as a community manage living on the floodplain. Your input is needed on plans, studies and projects as they are developed to ensure your voice informs decisions on flood protection, mitigation and management.

We're currently seeking expressions of interest for an independent peer review of the North Wagga component of the overall Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. Councillors passed a budget variation to cover the cost of this request on 27 July 2020.

If you need any extra information or have questions that aren't answered on the website, please email us at floodfutures@wagga.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 292 442.

  • Stage 1 Main City Levee upgrade moves from concept to construction

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    24 Oct 2017

    Published: 4 October

    Wagga Wagga residents will start to see work on the first stage of the Main City Levee upgrade from next week.

    Crews from Central West Civil, who are delivering stage 1, started site preparation yesterday.

    In preparation for the heavy equipment to move in, on-site works this week include surveying and setting out of the works and installing temporary fences associated with the works.

    “Having crews on site officially moves this vitally important project from concept to construction,” Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said.

    “While, it might not look like much to start with, by mid-October residents will start to notice the heavy machinery on site, working away on the upgrade.”

    Senior Project Manager Darryl Woods said upgrading the levee was a major project and some disruptions will be experienced during the works.

    “To make way for the levee upgrade, some sections of the Wiradjuri Walking Track will be closed for a period of time with detours and signs in place,” Mr Woods said.

    “Council and Central West Civil will aim to ensure any disruptions are kept to a minimum and we thank the community for their cooperation during the delivery of the levee upgrade.”

    Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade is being delivered in two stages, starting at Flowerdale and working around to Wiradjuri Bridge before moving on to Copland Street and working south to the Kooringal Road Monumental Cemetery.

    Both sections consists of embankment levee earthen works and the construction of two concrete spillways, one at Flowerdale and the other upstream from Copland Street.

    Stage 1 is expected to be complete by April 2018.


    The Main City Levee upgrade has had to go through a thorough and considered process to reach construction. This process included many studies, designs, securing funding sources and extensive community input and feedback.

    What will residents see during construction?

    During the first week of construction residents will see temporary fences erected and various preparation works completed. By mid-October machinery, such as graders, diggers and trucks, will be working on site.

    The stage 1 upgrade works include removing the existing topsoil and grass, shaping and scraping the existing levee to allow room for the new material and compacting the new levee to the required standards.

    The slope and shape of the levee is designed to minimise erosion and will be finished off with a decomposed granite surface allowing for all-weather access and reducing moisture entry into the clay bank.

    In total, machinery will move 25,000 cubic metres of clay, topsoil and granite as part of the stage 1 upgrade of the levee.

    Will there be any interruptions during construction?

    During construction of the levee upgrade some sections of the Wiradjuri Walking Track, which runs alongside the Murrumbidgee River, will be subject to temporary closures.

    These closures are to allow for the safe construction of the levee upgrade.

    Closures of the walking track associated with the Main City Levee upgrade are:

    · Flowerdale Lagoon – closed for duration of project (October 2017 – April 2018)

    · Copland Street/Kooringal Road roundabout to Monumental Cemetery – closed from 1 November 2017 to February 2018

    All dates are subject to weather and works and any additional interruptions will be advertised accordingly.

    What about Stage 2?

    Stage 2 of the Main City Levee upgrade, pending tender process, is expected to start in April 2018 and be complete by the end of that year.

    Stage 2 will comprise of predominately capped sheet piles that will protrude from the earth levee running the length of the Cadell Place wall (parallel to Fitzmaurice Street) to Johnson Street, then from, Riverina Playhouse to Hammond Avenue. In addition to the sheet piling, raising and extending the existing concrete retaining walls along Cadell Place and behind Watermark apartments, will also be part of this stage.

    Want more?

    More information on the Main City Levee upgrade is available at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/levee



  • Signed, sealed, ready to be delivered: contracts exchanged and start date announced for stage 1 of levee upgrade

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    23 Aug 2017

    Work on upgrading one of the city’s most vital pieces of infrastructure will start on 3 October.

    The official start date was announced today and coincided with the signing and exchange of contracts for the first stage of the Main City Levee upgrade.

    Bathurst-based company Central West Civil will undertake the stage 1 works, which will take about six months to complete.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM, Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Robert Knight, Council project managers and Central West Civil General Manager Simon Withers were on the levee today for the signing and exchange.

    “Today’s announcement is a huge milestone in the delivery of this important project for the city,” General Manager Robert Knight said.

    “The upgrade of the levee is a high priority for Council and the community, however, a thorough and considered process, involving many voices, had to be followed before we could get to this construction stage. This included community consultation, studies, designs and seeking funding sources.

    “The project is now in a position where all parties are confident that what is built will be the best for the Wagga Wagga community.”

    Cr Conkey said the levee upgrade has many benefits for the local community.

    “We’ve had to follow an extensive process, and the community will be pleased to learn that construction of the first stage of the levee is now just weeks away,” Cr Conkey said.

    “This project is a great example of what can be achieved when all levels of government work together. The levee upgrade helps safeguard our community and boosts confidence in the local economy to drive further investment.”

    Read the full update here.

    Keep an eye on the levee upgrade project here.

  • Villages in line for flood mitigation plan

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    17 Aug 2017

    Wagga Wagga City Council will be able to identify flood mitigation measures for three villages after it was successful in securing funding from the Floodplain Grants Scheme.

    Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel says a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (FRMSP) will now be developed for Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty.

    “The $132,000 from the NSW and Federal Governments will be matched by $66,000 from Council and is the next step in a process Council began with each community in 2014 when it conducted data collection and developed flood studies for the villages.

    “Each village requires its own Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan due to the unique nature of the flood risks from localised overland flows and swollen creeks bursting their banks.

    “Council first applied for funding for this project in February 2016 and is pleased to see that it has now been successful so that we can move forward with the process.”

    The Villages FRMSP will assist Council in developing strategic plans for mitigating and managing the effects of existing, future and continuing flood risk.

    “The objective of this project is to provide Council with an understanding of current levels of flood risk within these villages, to formulate a plan to mitigate and/or manage these risks effectively and to inform Council’s planning strategies on the future land use and development within the flood prone land,” Ms Angel added.

    “Each community will be consulted during the process.”

    This project will be in addition to work already underway to upgrade the main city levee, review of the Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan and Stage two the Wagga Wagga Major Overland Flow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    The Flood Studies for Uranquinty, Tarcutta and Ladysmith that were adopted in 2015 can be found in the document library.

  • 24 June 17: Stage one levee construction a step closer

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    26 Jul 2017

    Released 24 June 2017:

    Construction of one of the city’s most important pieces of infrastructure is another step closer.

    The Council at Monday night’s ordinary meeting approved staff to enter into discussions with a preferred tenderer to build stage one of the Main City levee upgrade.

    Pending the outcome of these discussions, a tender will be awarded and a start date for construction determined.

    The report to the June Council Meeting also provided councillors with a comprehensive update on the recent tender evaluation process for stage one of the levee construction.

    Stage one consists of two sections – Flowerdale to Wiradjuri Bridge, and, Kooringal / Copland Street roundabout to Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery. The second section being, Wiradjuri Bridge to Kooringal / Copland Street roundabout.

    “The decision by Councillors for staff to proceed with negotiations is a giant leap forward in delivering this high profile and highly important project to the Wagga Wagga community,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.

    “The levee upgrade will be delivered at a cost of $23M, which is being funded by all levels of government, and will offer a greater level of assurance to Wagga Wagga residents and businesses.

    “Pending discussions with the preferred tenderer, residents should start to see works on the levee banks by spring.”

    In addition to the stage one construction, a review of the city’s Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan is also underway, with new documentation expected to be complete and adopted by the end of the year.


  • Village Flood Studies final report adopted by Council

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    26 Aug 2015

    At the August ordinary meeting, Council adopted the Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty Flood Studies Final Report.

    Council will now make an application under the NSW Government's Floodplain Management grants program to proceed with a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for those villages.

    The flood studies report had been on public exhibition for an extended period to allow consultation sessions to be held, which were well attended by the community.

    One submission was received in in response to the public exhibition, relating to levee and drainage maintenance issues and potential works that may be identified in a future Flood Risk Management Study and Plan.

    The full report can be found in the document library.


  • Certainty for Main City Levee upgrade

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    04 Aug 2015

    At the July Council Meeting it was resolved to proceed with the construction of the Main City Levee to provide 1 in 100 year level of protection.

    An allowance will be made for the possibility that the North Wagga levees may also be constructed to provide a 1 in 100 year level of protection, and an investigation into providing a 1 in 100 year level of protection for North Wagga will be incorporated in the upcoming review of the Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    You can read the full report that went to the July 2015 Policy and Strategy Meeting here.

    This report incorporates the results of community consultation, as well as the North Wagga Wagga Levee Options and Third Party Impacts Report as an attachment.

  • Levee upgrade on agenda for July Policy & Strategy Meeting

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    11 Jul 2015

    A report titled ‘Levee upgrade detailed design & community consultation’ will be considered at the July Policy and Strategy Committee Meeting, starting 6pm Monday 13 July 2015 in the Council Chambers.

    The report takes into account feedback that was received at six community information session held in March 2015, as well as survey results collected via the Your Say Wagga website.

    The recommendation is as follows:

    That Council:

    a) proceed with construction of the Main City levee to provide a 1 in 100 year level of protection, making allowance for the possibility that the North Wagga levees may also be constructed to provide a 1 in 100 year level of protection

    b) incorporate an investigation into providing a 1 in 100 year level of protection for North Wagga into the upcoming review of the Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

    You can read the report in full here.

    The agenda for the full meeting can be found here.

    If you wish to address the meeting you can apply to do so by filling out this application form

    Please read the rules on the second page so that you are aware of the conditions before making your application.

  • Mayor urges Wagga to have a say

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    27 Mar 2015


    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Rod Kendall, is reminding all residents to take part in two surveys about the future of flood management in the city.

    Cr Kendall has recorded a special message to encourage the community to take part in the surveys, which cover Main City and North Wagga levee options, and alternative flood management options for North Wagga.

    “We’re now asking all community members to take part in a survey,” Cr Kendall said. “Give us your opinion on what Council should do.”

    For more information and to access the surveys, visit wagga.nsw.gov.au/floodsurvey. New Your Say Wagga users will need to register to complete the surveys.

    If you are unable to access the surveys or require more information, contact Council’s Community Engagement Officer Lauren Fitzgerald on 1300 292 442 or communityengagement@wagga.nsw.gov.au.
  • Village flood studies explained

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    23 Mar 2015

    Wagga Wagga City Council is hosting a series of community information sessions this week to present the village flood study for Uranquinty.

    Drafted by consultant Lyall and Associates, the study provides flood planning and flood management advice for Uranquinty, showing areas of inundation for floods of various recurrence intervals and information on high hazard areas.

    The meetings are scheduled as follows:

    7pm Tuesday 24 March: Uranquinty, Uranquinty Community Centre
    7pm Wednesday 25 March: Ladysmith, Ladysmith Memorial Hall
    6pm Thursday 26 March: Tarcutta, Tarcutta RSL Club

    You can read the draft reports in the document library.

    If you have any questions in relation to these meetings please contact Lauren Fitzgerald on 6926 9139 or email communityengagement@wagga.nsw.gov.au

  • Have your say on flood management

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    23 Mar 2015

    More than 200 members of the Wagga Wagga community have been given an update on the future of flood management over the past fortnight.

    Information sessions were held for the Oura, Gumly Gumly, North Wagga, East Wagga and Eunony areas, before a general update on Thursday for the CBD and the remainder of the community.

    Each meeting covered the detailed investigation and design process for the Main City and North Wagga levee upgrade project and alternative flood management options for North Wagga, which were put forward by the community in the past.

    With the six sessions complete, Mayor of the City of Wagga Councillor Rod Kendall is calling all residents and businesses to complete two surveys to help best inform Council before a decision is made in July.

    “We’re talking about people’s homes and people’s livelihoods – this is an issue my fellow Councillors and I take very seriously,” Cr Kendall said.

    “We as a community are working towards a decision that will impact us all for decades to come and we must get it right.

    “I urge everyone to complete the two surveys and make sure everyone’s voice is heard as these flood management options will impact us all in different ways.”

    The first survey covers the detailed levee design for a 1 in 100 Main City levee and a 1 in 20 North Wagga levee, while the other focuses on all flood management options for North Wagga.

    The detailed levee designs are being undertaken by NSW Public Works and are based on extensive flood modelling and detailed investigations carried out over the past six months.

    For more information and to access the surveys, visit www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/floodsurvey. New Your Say Wagga users will need to register to complete the surveys. The surveys are open until Sunday 3 May.

    If you have no access to the internet or require help to complete the survey, contact Council’s Community Engagement Officer Lauren Fitzgerald on 1300 292 442 or communityengagement@wagga.nsw.gov.au.