Council’s engagement team worked collaboratively with a technical consultant to share the draft Study with the community and key stakeholders. During the public exhibition period, 9 September to 8 October 2019, Council sent letters to more than 2,400 residents and property owners in the catchment area inviting them to learn more about the Study. Emails with this information were sent to community, education, Register of Interest (flood), business, government and emergency services’ stakeholders. The information was also available at Council’s Customer Service Centre. Copies of the draft report, a Frequently Asked Questions sheet and Feedback Form were made available at Corrimal Library, and at the information session at Towradgi Surf Lifesaving Club on 17 September 2019. They were also included on this project webpage. A notice of the exhibition was published in the Advertiser on 18 September 2019. The community was invited to provide feedback via this webpage, Council's Customer Service Centre and at the community information session.
The drop-in information session was attended by 43 community members and there were 10 submissions, including one from Endeavour Energy.
Feedback themes related to queries about whether the Study had considered the impacts of new and proposed developments, such as increased run-off from surface sealing and vegetation removal, silting, and the plan to realign the creek as part of the proposed Corrimal Cokeworks development. A request was made for the stormwater easement between two properties in Caldwell Ave Tarrawanna to be enclosed with a pipe because of a perceived safety risk. Returning the outlet of Towradgi Creek to its original/historic location was suggested, as it was thought this would remove the need for Council to periodically ‘open’ the entrance and alleviate the build-up of sand that washes into the rock pool from the northern side. A request was made to be notified of the report going to Council for adoption. There were calls for more regular clearing of vegetation and debris from various creek and pipes due to current and ongoing build-up, or overgrown weeds. Endeavour Energy’s focus was on the future Floodplain Risk Management Study and mitigating risks to the electricity distribution network.