- building swales or detention basins that collect and carry stormwater into drains or creeks
- making changes to culverts to so that water will flow through them easier
- land zoning that says what can and can’t be built on flood-prone land
- voluntary purchase of houses built in high flood risk areas
- Be careful not to dispose of grass clippings and other garden cuttings in or near watercourses and remove any obstructions that may cause blockages or divert flood waters.
- Be aware of any drainage easements or overflow paths that affect your property. Seek Council approval before altering your driveway or footpath levels, as this may cause water to flow off the road and down your driveway.
- Take care when planting trees near a drainage pipe. Certain species such as Jacaranda, Poplar, Willow, Fig, Camphor Laurel, Rubber Trees and other types with aggressive root systems can cause pipelines to become blocked or cracked.
- Do not lay any pipes, construct a bridge or divert a watercourse without first consulting Council. Unapproved work can increase flooding for both you and your neighbours.
- Do not fill low-lying areas of your yard without seeking Council approval, as this may cause water to pond and increase flooding potential on your and your neighbours’ properties.
- Think about drainage on your property. Keep drainage inlets clear of any rubbish or blockages. Remember, large paved areas will increase runoff, so you may need extra drainage.
How does Council know what works will help reduce the impacts of flooding?
What did the Collins Creek catchment flood study find?
What is Council planning to do to reduce flooding in Dumbrell Road?
What is a debris control device?
What is a culvert?
What is a culvert headwall?
What type of vegetation will be planted along the channel?
How will this affect me?
Who will maintain the channel?
After construction, the channel will be included with Council’s program for regular inspection and maintenance to control weed infestation and remove materials that can block the culvert.
Why doesn’t Council clear out creeks?
Pictured: example of creek vegetation
What can I do around my yard to help keep watercourses clean?