Benalla Rural City is one of eight council areas affected by the Goulburn Broken Regional Floodplain Management Strategy, which is now open for public comment and feedback.
The draft strategy focuses on improving community resilience, managing flood risk, protecting the environmental and the cultural values of floodplains.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority floodplain manager Guy Tierney said floodplains supported the agriculture, food processing, forestry and tourism industries that underpinned the regional economy.
‘‘However, major floods can destroy or damage crops, property and infrastructure, causing significant social disruption and economic costs,’’ Mr Tierney said.
‘‘Therefore the best way to help people prepare for living in a floodplain area is to give the community access to accurate flood information.
‘‘This is why sharing reliable information is a priority action within all four of the Strategy’s broad program themes — Flood Mitigation, Total Flood Warning Systems, Land-use Planning and Municipal Flood Emergency Plans.’’
Benalla has not seen major flooding since 1993, however, the city’s susceptibility to rising waters is a concern to homeowners and business owners alike.
Implementing many of the draft strategy’s actions, such as improving flood warning systems or developing floodplain management plans, will depend on funding.
An Action-Investment Plan has also been developed to prioritise local and regional floodplain management activities as government grants become available.
●The community has until 5pm Monday, December 4, to provide feedback which can be sent via email to [email protected]