Flood meeting plans for future

Lavenders Bridge was under water for the second time in a month in November 2009.
Lavenders Bridge was under water for the second time in a month in November 2009. Cassandra Sutton

COFFS Coast residents will be updated on Coffs Harbour City Council’s flood mitigation program and future plans at 7pm on Tuesday.

The public meeting on the progress of the Flood Mitigation Works Program will be held at C.ex Coffs (formerly Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club).

Coffs Harbour City Council, which borrowed $6 million late last year to fund some flood mitigation works, is now looking for another $12 million to fund the remainder of its proposed $18 million, nine-point flood mitigation plan.

Council plans to ask the State Government for a total rate rise of seven per cent in 2010-2011, with 4.4 per cent of that to go towards drainage and flood mitigation work and loan repayments for that work.

By May, work is expected to be completed on the Bakers Close flood retention basin in West Coffs Harbour, the first and most important of four new retention basins planned for the city.

Council said funding for this work was provided through the Regional Flood Mitigation program but questions are again being asked about why this 12 hectare basin, which was listed as funded in August 2006, was not completed earlier, in time to help mitigate the March 2009 flood.

Work has been progressing steadily on cleaning out creeks and drains around the city but some residents say their area has not been included.

Council’s nine-point plan includes a flood warning system; other retention basins at Upper Shephards Lane, Bennetts Road and Spagnolos Road; creek and waterway maintenance; increasing water flow past three Coffs Creek bridges; dredging the creek’s lower estuary; updating modelling of Coffs Creek; investigating ‘super pumps’ and drainage work at 15 different locations.

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