Flood events are a common occurrence in Australia. Due to historic settlement patterns and the need to provide housing for people, development has occurred in areas that are flood prone placing lives and property at high risk. As such, land deemed to be flood prone may be subject to specific development controls in an attempt to mitigate the potential threat to people and property.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is the lead response agency for floods and storms across NSW and their website provides valuable information for anyone who may be affected by flooding.
Flood planning controls are set out within Clause 7.2 of the Liverpool Plains Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The LEP contains a map of the flood planning area within the Quirindi township. Further information regarding flooding is set out in the Quirindi Township and Surrounding Areas Flood Risk Management Study and Plan.
The Liverpool Plains Shire Council Flood Plan is part of the local disaster plan and outlines the plan of action to be undertaken by Council and the SES in the event of a flood.
The Quipolly Dam Break Study Map outlines the area potentially affected if the Quipolly Dam was to fail.
The Murrurundi, Blandford & Willow Tree Floodplain Study and its Appendices includes information on the impact a flood may have on the Willow Tree township.
Floodplain management plans for the Blackville, Caroona-Breeza, Upper Coxs Creek, Upper Yarraman Creek and Warrah Creek Floodplains can be downloaded from the Office of Environment and Heritage website.
Fires are an important part of the Australian environment. Many of our native plants and animals have adapted to regular bushfire events over thousands of years and require fire as an essential part of their life cycle. However, due to historic settlement patterns and the need to provide housing for people, development has occurred in areas that are bush fire prone placing lives and property at high risk. As such land deemed to be bushfire prone is subject to specific development controls in an attempt to mitigate the potential threat to person and property.
All properties whether deemed to be bushfire prone or not are encouraged to prepare a Bush Fire Survival Plan due to the unpredictable and extremely dangerous nature of bushfires.
It is also recommended that you familiarise yourself with the location of your closest Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP). These are locations suitable as a place of shelter and are to be used as a place of last resort during a bush fire emergency. Information on NSP's within the Liverpool Plains Shire, including their locations, can be accessed via the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Emergency Risk Management
The Emergency Risk Management Report addresses the hazards and the associated identified community risks which have "a potential to require a significant and coordinated multi-agency response" (SERM Act, 1989 - as amended), to the Liverpool Plains Shire community.
Information on how development of your property may be affected by flooding or whether your land is classed as bushfire prone can be obtained by applying for a Section 149(2) Certificate or contact the Environmental Services Department.
Environmental Services Department
Phone: 02 6746 1755