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Merimbula and Back Lake Floodplain Study

Have Your Say

In 2017 Bega Valley Shire Council completed a Flood Study for the foreshore and low-lying areas surrounding Merimbula Lake and Back Lake. The study identified flood risks to people, property, infrastructure and assets. Council, with the assistance of State and Commonwealth Government, is now undertaking a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan to look at ways to manage flood risk.

  • In 2017 Council completed a Flood Study for Merimbula Lake and Back Lake.
  • More than 300 properties within the study area could be affected by flooding.
  • Flooding has occurred within the study area due to ocean storms, local intense rainfall and extreme tides.

Council is asking the community what flood risks they are concerned about and how they would like Council to address the risks.

Merimbula Lake and Back Lake areal view.Background

At Bega Valley Shire Council we know some parts of the Local Government Area (LGA) are more prone to flooding that others and we’re committed to finding solutions to reduce the social and economic damages of flooding.

A Flood Study was completed for Merimbula Lake and Back Lake in 2017. The study found a range of flooding issues including flooding of private properties, roads and public space. Flooding is caused by creek and lake flooding during large rainfall events, as well inundation from ocean storms.

The Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan will be looking at options to manage flooding and its consequences. This may include drainage upgrades, foreshore barriers, detention basins, planning and development controls, community awareness programs or evacuation procedures. Council will be identifying potential options with the input from the community and will then assess the options and identify what actions Council, SES and the community can undertake to improve flood risk.

Community Drop In sessions

You can also share you knowledge and thoughts with the project team at the community drop in sessions.

Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre: 14 Cabarita Place, Merimbula.

  • 3pm—6pm Thursday, 6 December 2018
  • 11am—2pm Friday, 7 December 2018

You are invited to drop in at any time between these hours to find out more about the study and to and to share with the project team your experiences and concerns about flooding in the local area

Have Your Say

Do you have any local knowledge of flooding around Merimbula Lake and Back Lake?

Council would like to hear from you by email, phone or by completing our Have Your Say. Your responses will help us understand the local flooding problems in more detail. Local knowledge and personal experiences of flooding are an invaluable source of data.

Council is also looking for photos which can be uploaded in the Have Your Say or you can email or post them in instead.

Submissions close: Sunday, 16 December 2018 @ 11.45pm

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