Residents encouraged to dive deeper into flood experience in review of flood risk management study and plan

If you’ve experienced a flood on your property or are active in reducing the risks of a potential flood at your home or business, Singleton Council is keen for your input into the review of the 2012 Flood Risk Management Study and Plan.

A questionnaire was distributed to 7,300 properties in the flood study area earlier this month, as part of the study being conducted by floodplain risk management specialists BMT and overseen by the Singleton Flood Risk Management Committee. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is providing financial and technical assistance.

The project aims to build on newly-available high resolution topographic data to improve the accuracy of Council’s existing flood mapping, and to identify flood risks and possible flood mitigation options including updating Council’s flood planning controls.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure, said the date for people to return the questionnaire had been extended to Friday 3 May 2019.

“Existing studies have already provided the community with flood information throughout the study area, however the updated flood modelling will provide an enhanced visualisation of the flood risk and may differ from information we currently have,” he said.

“It’s also vitally important that the community is involved in the process.

“Council has developed a questionnaire for members of the community to provide their personal experiences, opinions and invaluable insight to help guide potential flood risk management options.

“The questionnaire asks about flooding experiences at properties in the study area, the extent of damage, and what measures people have in place to protect against flooding. We estimate it will take about 15 minutes to complete.

“Paper copies of the questionnaire were mailed to 7,300 properties, and it can also be completed at

“Council is looking for as much feedback as possible, and understands April is a busy month for families with the school holidays, Easter long weekend and Anzac Day public holiday all falling around the same time. So the closing date has been extended to Friday 3 May 2019 to provide people with a greater opportunity to have input.”