Steph Cooke stands in front of a river with the water and trees lining the river banks behind her.

Residents and businesses in the Cootamundra electorate will be better prepared for flood risks thanks to $635,000 in funding for Hilltops, Narrandera Shire and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Councils as part of the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the funding will help local council to better understand and manage local flood levels, risk and exposure in their community.

“It is fantastic news that Hilltops, Narrandera Shire and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s have secured this important funding which will help to keep our community safe from floods,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am so pleased they will each be able to undertake work to mitigate flooding and explore future projects to reduce flood risk. Congratulations on securing this funding.”

Projects to receive funding in Cootamundra, include:

  • $250,000 for Hilltops Council for the Stage 4 of the Young Flood Mitigation works (Basin B6);
  • $262,000 for Hilltops Council for the Detailed design, Land purchase and Structural Works for Stage 4 of the Young Flood Mitigation Detention Basin (Basin B2);
  • $43,000 for Narrandera Shire Council for the Narrandera Voluntary House Raising/Purchase Feasibility Assessment project; and
  • $80,000 for Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council for the Cootamundra Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the Hilltops, Narrandera Shire and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council projects are four of 25 across the State to receive funding in the 2020-21 grant round.

“We want to ensure our local councils have the funding they need, to ensure their local communities are best prepared for the threats posed by floods,” Mr Kean said.

“To date, we have supported councils across the State with $53.9 million to complete local projects and we will continue to do everything we can to help protect homes and businesses across the State.”

The NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program grants assist with flood studies and flood risk management studies, as well as the implementation of works to reduce flood risk such as flood levees, flood gates, warning systems, house raising or purchase in high risk areas.

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