Funding to Better Protect Communities from Floods

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has been successful in receiving $149,600 as part of the NSW Government grants to reduce the impacts of floods.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the grant will fund critical flood risk management projects as part of the 2022-23 Floodplain Management Program, which has been running since the 1980’s.

“The region knows the reality of what life is like when this area floods and how important it is to be prepared in order to reduce the impact of floods on our homes and businesses,” Ms Cooke said.

The local Flood Study project consists of the initial development of a wide-scale flood study encompassing the entirety of the Murrumbidgee River floodplain within the Cootamundra-Gundagai local government area (LGA) which is then used to facilitate the development of individual flood studies for the Villages of Coolac, Nangus, Tumblong and Darbalara.

Minister for Environment James Griffin said the NSW Government is funding the project to better understand risks and take action to reduce the impact of floods on the community.

“The funding that’s being delivered to Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council to help them be better prepared for and protected from potential flooding,” Mr Griffin said.

“As La Nina continues to batter the community, these grants will help councils future-proof their flood plans, and ensure communities are more prepared for flood risks.” 

In the past decade, the NSW Government has provided approximately $165 million through the Department of Planning and Environment’s Floodplain Management Program to fund more than 770 local council projects.

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