Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced that Bathurst Regional Council has been successful in receiving $1.7 million for floodplain management through the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management grants program.
Mr Toole said the grant was awarded under the 2018-19 Floodplain Management Program and will allow Council to complete the final stage of the levee system. This will assist in managing local flood levels, risk and exposure in the Bathurst region.
"I congratulate Council on successfully securing this funding for the construction of a levee in Perthville as part of stage two of their flood mitigation works", Minister Toole said.
The project includes the construction of a 1.3 kilometre earthen and concrete levee, two stormwater pump stations, and associated works.
Mr Toole said the floods that occurred back in 1986 highlighted the need for greater protection of homes across the area.
"A Royal Commission was held and it highlighted the need for works to occur," Mr Toole said. "Over the last 20 years, Bathurst Regional Council has completed around 10 kilometres of levees to protect the city and the many households that were previously impacted by flood.
"This is the final piece of the puzzle and another great partnership between the NSW State Government and Bathurst Regional Council."
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Government’s Floodplain Management Program funds important projects for local councils to assess flood risk and help reduce flood impacts on their local communities.
"These grants are an important support for councils in managing the risk of flood in their local areas," Minister Upton said.
"The grants assist with flood studies and flood risk management studies, as well as the implementation of works to reduce flood risk such as flood levees, flood gates, warning systems, house raising or purchase in high risk areas.
"In 2018-2019 we’re funding 33 projects totalling $6.9 million which will enable local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects."
The funding for these projects came from two programs: The NSW Government Floodplain Management Program; and The Floodplain Grants Scheme, which is jointly funded by the NSW Office of Emergency Management and the Commonwealth Government.