Prior to the community engagement period, 5 – 21 November 2018, Council sent letters to residents and property owners in the area inviting them to learn more about the flood risks in this area, the studies that have helped inform how we plan for flood risks, the proposed Ursula Road Scheme and how to provide input.
Information, including a copy of the Community Update and Feedback Form, was sent to Council’s Customer Service Centre, Thirroul Library, Neighbourhood Forum 3 and the local Member of Parliament. A Walk 'n' Talk site tour of the project area was held for key stakeholders, followed by a drop-in community information session on 5 November 2018. Flood modelling animations showing how the proposed levee will reduce flood impacts were screened at the community information session. Flood maps and concept drawings for the culvert upgrade and levee options were also displayed, along with the investigation report. Council staff, floodplain management engineers and the consultant discussed the flood problem, project objectives, important local features, work undertaken to date and key outcomes. A webpage was created which included all the information, animations, maps, concept drawings, investigation reports and an online feedback form. The community were invited to have their say via Council’s website, Customer Service Centre, and Thirroul Library.
The Principals of Bulli High School and Waniora Public School, Department of Education Asset Manager, Neighbourhood Forum 3 Convenor, Office of Environment and Heritage representative, consultants from SMEC, 2 Council floodplain engineers and a local resident attended the Walk ‘n’ Talk site tour. 34 community members attended the information session (pictured).
10 people provided submissions throughout the engagement period:
- 3 were open submissions
- 4 were hardcopy form submissions
- 3 provided feedback via the survey on Council’s engagement website
Of the 10 submissions received, 7 respondents expressed their support for the proposed deflection levee and/or culvert upgrade for flood mitigation, with the remaining 3 not indicating either way. Some provided information about their experiences of flooding and its impacts in this catchment, including submitting some photos and suggestions for other possible flood mitigation works.
Whilst it is acknowledged that there is general support from the community for the proposed levee and/or culvert upgrade, there are further investigations that are required to be carried out prior to confirming the specific measures that will be recommended for detailed design and construction. The investigations will need to consider community feedback, incorporate any new data gained and also assess other measures (including WC09) raised during the engagement period.