Floodplain management – what we do and why?
The following message illustrates “why we do what we do.”
“I would like to record my appreciation of your advice prior to building our home at Warrnambool. At the time we naively thought it was a bit of overkill but we have been proved absolutely wrong! Your advice was put to the test in the flood event last week when water came over the retaining wall fronting the Merri Wetlands by approximately 13cm, but we felt quite safe in our house being well off the ground.
Thank you to all your team, and keep doing what you know to be the best outcome for everyone.
Chris and Roger Cussen
(Received following Warrnambool’s October 2020 flood event)
What does the CMA do?
Glenelg Hopkins CMA is the Floodplain Management Authority for the Glenelg Hopkins region . As the Floodplain Management Authority, we aim to :
- minimise the risks flooding pose to life, wellbeing, property and community assets; and
- maintain the natural functions of floodplains and waterways to safely store and convey floodwater; and
- protect the environmental values of floodplain.
We do this by:
- developing and maintaining the best available flood risk information for the region and using this information to;
- advise the community about flood risks; and
- recommending flood risk minimisation conditions for councils to include on planning permits; and
- facilitating the development, implementation and periodic review of the Regional Floodplain Management Strategy.
Key functions delegated to us Under Part 10 (sections 201 to 212) of the Water Act 1989 include:
- To find out how far floodwaters are likely to extend and how high they are likely to rise.
- To provide advice about flooding and controls on development to local councils, the Secretary for Planning and Environment and the Community.
The CMA focuses on riverine flooding and coastal inundation from the ocean. Local Government councils are the responsible authorities for urban drainage and have the responsibility for managing stormwater flood risk in townships. Enquiries around stormwater flooding in built up areas should be directed to your local council.
Do you have information you would like us to have?
Historical flood information is really important in understanding flood risks. The CMA is always interested in historical photos or videos of flooding. Historical (pre the year 2010) records of flood levels (eg a mark on a post or wall) are also of interest. Please contact us if you have information like this and would like it to be used in the process of improving understanding of flood risk across the region. Call us on 03 5571 2526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy
Glenelg Hopkins Regional Floodplain Management Strategy