Council forms committee after applying for flood plan funding

Flood relief could be on the way for some of our shire residents.
Flood relief could be on the way for some of our shire residents.

Flood relief could be on the way for residents in Trundle, Cookamidgera, Bogan Gate and Gunningbland.

Parkes Council this week voted to re-establish its the Floodplain Management Committee to coordinate activities associated with grant funding available to develop flood plans and risk management plans, for Trundle, Cookamidgera, Bogan Gate and Gunningbland.

Deputy mayor Cr Barbara Newton, Cr George Pratt and mayor Ken Keith will all be on the committee.

Cr Ward volunteered to also be part of the committee.

"I am sure the areas involved in this will be delighted," deputy mayor Cr Newton said.

On April 30, Council submitted three applications to the NSW Floodplain Management Grants scheme.

These were for a Trundle Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study; a Cookamidgera Flood Study and Risk Management Plan and; Bogan Gate and Gunningbland Risk Management Plan.

These projects represent the three key areas in the Shire were over bank flooding causes a significant risk to both urban and rural properties and have been risk assessed in the Parkes Local Flood Plan as high risk, requiring a coordinated approach to the management of the risk between Federal, State and Local Governments.

Council voted to authorise the General Manager or Director Infrastructure to call for expressions of interest for community representation on the Committee.