Bathurst MP Paul Toole today welcomed new funding of $200,000 to Blayney Shire Council for local floodplain management.

Mr Toole said the grant, awarded under the 2019-20 Floodplain Management Program, will help Blayney Shire Council better understand and manage local flood levels, risk and exposure.

“I congratulate Blayney Shire Council on successfully securing this money to support their plans for the Blayney flood retarding basins study,” Mr Toole said.

“This project will allow Council to undertake initial investigations and the assessment required for the preparation of concept design and cost estimates for the flood retarding basins.”

The Government’s Floodplain Management Grants Program funds important projects for local councils to assess flood risk and help reduce flood impacts on their local communities.

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 2019-2020 under the Floodplain Management grants program $7.26 million for 50 projects will enable local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects. 

Further information and application forms are available here: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/Floodgrants.htm