Lithgow Floodplain Risk Management Committee
Do you have knowledge about Lithgow’s flood events and flood behaviour, live within the flood prone area and are passionate about community involvement in decision making? If so, Council is currently seeking community representatives to join the Lithgow Floodplain Risk Management Committee (LFRMC) which was established by Council during the Ordinary Meeting of Council 25 May 2020.
Council is calling for expressions of interest/ nominations from the community for the following membership positions:
- 2 community members
The role of the community members is to act as a representative of the local community to the Committee, to form links with the local population in the flood prone areas (as identified in the mapping below). They need to effectively inform and collaborate with the affected community of the deliberations of the Committee to foster a wider understanding of the process. In addition, community members will be called upon to provide advice on historical flooding events and provide feedback from the community about the implications of the Committee’s decisions.
How do I submit an application to join the LFRMC?
Should you wish to submit an application to join the Committee, Council will accept expressions of interest/nominations in writing. Applications to the Committee should state:
- Your name and address
- A short paragraph outlining your interests for becoming a member of the LFRMC
- A short paragraph outlining your experience and/or knowledge of historical flood events
- Any other relevant skills or qualification you would be able to bring to the Committee.
Expressions of interest/nominations will be received in writing, addressed to the General Manager, up until the close of business on the 19 June 2020.
Submissions should be addressed to:
The General Manager,
Lithgow City Council
PO Box 19,
Lithgow NSW 2790
Or by email to Council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au, quoting in the subject title ‘Lithgow Floodplain Risk Management Committee Application’
For further information, contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 6354999 or via email at Council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au.
What is the role of the LFRMC?
The role of the LFRMC will be to act as an advisory role to assist in the development of the Lithgow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (LFRMS&P). The Committee will act as both a focus and forum for the discussion of the technical, social, economic, environment and cultural issues in the preparation of the LFRMS&P. Appointed members will need to attend at minimum six daytime meetings at critical project milestones over the course of the next 12 to 15 months.
Why is council undertaking a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan?
The NSW state government’s Flood Prone Policy places the responsibility for planning and management of flood prone lands in the control of local governments. The primary objective of the New South Wales Government’s Flood Prone Land 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.
The NSW Flood Prone Policy is supported by the Floodplain Development Manual: the management of flood liable land which guides Councils through the process of completing the Floodplain Risk Management Process. The process of implementing a Floodplain Risk Management Process is a four-step process outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual. Council in 2017 completed the first step of the process, creating the Lithgow Flood Study Review Vol.1 and 2. This document was a comprehensive technical investigation in to the flood behaviour of Farmers Creek and Marrangaroo catchment areas involving the determination of discharge, water levels and velocities for floods of varying severity under various flooding scenarios up to and including the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF).
The second and third step of a Floodplain Risk Management Process is the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan which Council is currently preparing. The study draws together the results of the aforementioned flood study and provides information and tools to allow strategic assessment of the impact of management options for existing and future flood risk on flood behaviour and hazard, and the social, economic, ecological and cultural costs and benefits of proposed options. The Plan will then draw the information from the study and translate that information in to the strategic and statutory planning roles of council. This will empower Council to adequately forward plan for flood prone land.
Figure 1. The Floodplain Risk Management Process. Council is currently proceeding to start work on the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. The highlighted red box identifies how far Council has progressed through the Floodplain Risk Management Process.
Who makes up the LFRMC?
The LFRMC will be comprised of a range of stakeholders from the community to State Government and will provide an array of differing viewpoints and expertise. In accordance with the Terms of Reference, the Committee will be comprised of:
- Councillors – 2 (1 to fill in if the primary candidate is unavailable)
- Local SES Controller or Nominee – 1
- Representative from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – 1
- Community Representatives – 2
- Council Statutory Planning Staff – 1
- Council Strategic Planning Staff – 1
- Council Infrastructure Services Staff – 2
Figure 2. Interim Flood Planning Area as defined by the 100-year ARI mapping in the Lithgow Flood Study Review. From top to bottom: a) Eastern Lithgow b) Central Lithgow c) Bowenfels and South Bowenfels d) Marrangaroo.