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Flood Prone Land Policy


Under the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy the management of flood prone land is, primarily, the responsibility of councils. The primary objective of the policy is to reduce the impact of flooding and flood liability on individual owners and occupiers of flood prone property, and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods, utilising ecologically positive methods wherever possible. That is:


  • a merit approach shall be adopted for all development decisions in the floodplain
  • to take into account social, economic and ecological factors, as well as flooding considerations;
  • both mainstream and overland flooding shall be addressed, using the merit approach, in preparation and implementation by councils of strategically generated floodplain risk management plans;
  • the impact of flooding and flood liability on existing developed areas identified in floodplain risk management plans shall be reduced by flood mitigation works and measures, including on-going emergency management measures, the raising of houses where appropriate and by development controls; and
  • the potential for flood losses in all areas proposed for development or redevelopment shall be contained by the application of ecologically sensitive planning and development controls.


Council is currently developing flood studies and floodplain risk management studies in accordance with the Flood Prone Land Policy and the Floodplain Development Manual.


New South Wales Floodplain Development Manual 

Draft Flood Studies

Flood Studies on Exhibition

Adopted Flood Studies

For further information click on one of the links below:

linkBowral Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan
linkBurradoo BU2 Catchment Flood Study & Plan
linkGibbergunya Creek Flood Study
linkNattai River Flood Study

linkNattai Ponds Catchment Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan

linkNattai River Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan
linkWhites Creek Flood Study & Plan
linkWingecarribee River Flood Study
linkNattai Ponds Flood Study
linkWembley Rd & Farnborough Drive Catchments Overland Flow Study
linkRobertson Village Overland Flow Study
linkGibbergunyah Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study & Draft Plan
Last Updated: October 27th, 2020
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