South-west floods help form management draft strategy

FLOODS in the south-west have helped inform a new statewide floodplain management draft strategy, which will be discussed at an information session in Hamilton on July 9.

The forum at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre is one of many across Victoria that “will provide an opportunity for the Victorian community to learn more about the draft strategy”, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) website states.

The September 2010 and January 2011 Skipton floods were among those examined by the statewide review, which noted the investigation that followed yielded “floodplain planning controls to guide future development in the town and to help people identify areas at risk”, the draft strategy states.

State water minister Peter Walsh said severe floods in recent years, such as those at Skipton, had “reinforced the fact that flood management is a shared responsibility between local communities and state and local governments”.

“The draft Victorian floodplain management strategy sets out a clear framework for evaluating Victoria’s flood risks, and for sharing flood risk information with communities, businesses and government agencies and other organisations who share responsibility for floodplain management,” Mr Walsh said.

The strategy details new guidelines on information sharing and controls on planning and building in potential flood areas, as well as details on warning systems and flood mitigation infrastructure.

The strategy has been released for public comment and submissions, which can be sent to the DEPI via PO Box 500, East Melbourne or to vfms.inquiry@depi.vic.gov.au before August 11.

The information session will be held at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre on July 9 from 2pm.

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