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.

  • WWCC Submission re Murray Darling Basin Authority Draft Constraints Management Strategy 2013-2014

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    15 Nov 2013

    Council recently made a submission to the Murray Darling Basin Authority Draft Constraints Management Strategy.

    You can read the submission made here.

  • Review of Environmental Factors Report on public exhibition

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    25 Oct 2013
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    At its October Meeting, Council endorsed placing the draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) Report on public exhibition. 

    This document has been developed to assist the next stage of the proposed levee upgrade. The REF outlines the social, cultural and environmental issues to be considered in the detailed designs. The information was gathered by the consultants GHD through research and community consultation such as at the FloodFutures Community Meetings. Residents who attended these meetings may recall Rueben Robinson from GHD speaking about the environmental & social impacts. 

    The graphic below, shown at the community meetings, outlines the process. As you can see, the Review of Environmental Factors report occurs at the early stages of the project.

    Feedback in the submissions received from residents about the planned upgrade that related to these issues was also forwarded to GHD for consideration in this report. 

    This document is the final part of the conceptual stage of the project. After the REF has been placed on exhibition and adopted by Council, the detailed design will proceed at the same time as further detailed consultation with the community exploring alternatives to upgrading the North Wagga levee to a 1 in 20 year level of protection as adopted by Council in May 2013. 

    The REF documents will be on public exhibition until 5pm Monday 25 November 2013.

    Read through the documents below and make a submission here.

    Review of Environmental Factors (REF) fact sheet

    REF Report - Part 1

    REF Report - Part 2

    REF Ecological Assessment

    REF Noise and Vibration Assessment

    REF Aboriginal and Historic Heritage Assessment

  • Flood Futures Wins NSW Resilient Australia Award

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    25 Oct 2013
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    Wagga Wagga City Council’s FloodFutures community engagement project has been awarded the 2013 Resilient Australia NSW Award in the Local Government category. Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Rod Kendall accepted the award at a ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney last Friday.

    “FloodFutures was created by Wagga Wagga City Council’s Communications and Engagement team to enable the community to have a greater understanding of floodplain management, assess how issues relating to the floodplain could affect them now and in the future, and ensure they could be involved in decision making on the issue,” Mayor Rod Kendall said.

    “The FloodFutures community conversation has been extremely successful and increased the profile and awareness of the levee upgrade across our entire Local Government Area.

    “FloodFutures has provided an overarching and ongoing communication tool and community resource for all information relating to managing risks associated with living on a floodplain.

    “This award shows that Wagga Wagga City Council is a community leader in floodplain management and community responsiveness.”

    To date, the Flood Futures community engagement project has had more than 3000 visitors to the dedicated website, with over 6300 document downloads, and hundreds of local residents attending community meetings.

    Wagga Wagga City Council will now be eligible for the National Resilient Australia Award which will be announced later this year.

    The Resilient Australia Awards is an Australian Government initiative that recognise innovative practices and achievements across the nation that are making our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. The awards cover all aspects of community safety and resilience with an emergency management focus including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery; risk assessment; research; education and training and information and knowledge management.

  • Wagga Wagga Floods March 2012 Oral History Project

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    17 Sep 2013
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    Almost 12 months since Wagga Wagga’s disastrous March 2012 floods, 24 residents recalled their harrowing experiences for a significant oral history collection launched by the State Librarian of NSW, at Wagga Wagga City Library.

    “Allowing communities to tell their own story is vital and, thanks to our partnership with Wagga Wagga City Library, locals now have a valuable record of personal narratives on this major event with the Wagga Wagga Floods March 2012 Oral History Project,” says Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.

    “These first-hand accounts increase our understanding of how a community under siege responds to an extreme weather event. And, with the environment under the spotlight, the State Library is committed to collecting oral histories from across NSW to provide meaningful records for present and future generations and research.”

    Recorded in the months following the floods by local historian and author Sherry Morris, the Wagga Wagga Floods March 2012 Oral History Project contains over 25 hours of interviews with 24 locals providing different perspectives on their flood experience.

    The Project captures the voices of young and old residents, recent immigrants, farmers, council workers and emergency personnel, with moving stories recalling the brutal reality of damaged property, lost heirlooms and comparisons to past flood experiences.

    North Wagga Wagga resident Virginia Anderson, whose house was severely damaged, described her shock at the residue left after water levels dropped: “That mud is something else. It’s not just mud, it’s effluent and dead animal and petrol and I’ve never smelt anything like it. I think I will always remember the smell of the floods.”

    The audio files are now available to listen to on the https://amplify.gov.au/ website.

    This project was funded by the State Library of NSW

  • Murrumbidgee Environmental Watering Planned

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    29 Aug 2013

    The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office are planning to conduct a spring 2013 environmental water release resulting in a 5m (approximately) river at Wagga Wagga's Hampden Bridge guage. Further information about this planned release can be found on the OEH website

  • Collingullie Meeting this Wednesday night

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    10 Dec 2012

    The fifth community information session regarding the proposed levee upgrade will be held in Collingullie this Wednesday night. Residents of Collingullie, Currawarna, Galore and the wider local government area are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear about the project and broader floodplain management from Council and SES representatives.

     

  • Two Community Meetings Scheduled This Week

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    04 Dec 2012

    Two FloodFutures community meetings are scheduled for this week, tonight at 6pm in the Council Meeting Room at the Civic Centre and Thursday evening at 6pm in the Oura Hall.

    There'll be a further meeting next Wednesday at the Collingullie Hall.

    All residents and property owners in the floodplain are encouraged to attend one of the community meetings or contact the Infrastructure Planning team on 1300 292 442 or via email leveeupgrade@wagga.nsw.gov.au to arrange for staff to talk directly with you about the proposed upgrade and your property.

     

     

  • North Wagga Community Meeting This Thursday

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    27 Nov 2012

    Council representatives will be on hand at 6pm this Thursday 29 November at the North Wagga Hall to discuss the concept plans for the proposed upgrade of the Main City & North Wagga levee systems. Residents of North Wagga are encouraged to come along and find out more about the upgrade and how to make a submission.

    Further meetings are scheduled for Oura, Central Wagga and Collingullie over the next few weeks.

  • Gumly Gumly & East Wagga meeting this week

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    20 Nov 2012

    A community information meeting for Gumly Gumly and East Wagga residents will be held this Thursday night at the East Wagga Football Club from 6pm. All residents and business owners in this area are encouraged to come along to hear about the levee upgrade.

    For further information about the meeting contact the Infrastructure Planning team on 1300 292 442 or email leveeupgrade@wagga.nsw.gov.au

    Click here to see other community meeting locations and dates over the next few weeks

  • Proposed Levee Upgrade Community Information Sessions

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    30 Oct 2012
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    Black Swan HotelCouncil has scheduled a number of Community Information Sessions to discuss the documents currently on public exhibition and seeking input. The proposed levee upgrade is a project that affects the whole community. There are over 6,000 properties on the floodplain in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area and these Community Information Sessions are one of several ways you can find out more information.

    Council's Infrastructure Planning staff will conduct a presentation detailing the levee upgrade project at the following locations: 

    • Gumly Gumly Hall Community Information Session 6pm-8pm
      22 November 2012

    • North Wagga Community Information Session 6pm-8pm
      29 November 2012

    • Wagga CBD Community Information Session 6pm-8pm
      04 December 2012

    • Oura Community Information Session 6pm - 8pm
      06 December 2012

    • Collingullie Community Information Session 6pm-8pm
      12 December 2012