Skip to main content
These events can occur independently or in combination. It is not possible to predict exactly when or how severe a flood will be, however our weather forecasts can make predictions. The first of the three above is difficult to predict because it is a result of locally occurring storms and the response time from the onset of intense rainfall to the flood is short (i.e. less than one hour). Therefore it might be difficult for the local media to broadcast warnings for flash flooding. The second and third mechanisms have longer response times and it is then expected that better warning could be broadcasted for these events.
Making decisions and undertaking a broad range of activities on a floodplain to ensure flood risks are identified and managed. There are many different aspects of floodplain management. These include:
Convening a Floodplain Management Committee to steer floodplain management in a given area. This should include stakeholders of local government, state government departments and community representatives
Calculating flood information such as heights, extents and potential risks to life and property of flooding, including estimating the effects of possible future climate change and sea level rise
Finding and evaluating complete systems of managing the risks, which would include consideration of emergency management, examining if it is feasible to reduce the flooding, looking at ways of living with the risk, and how to manage future development
Consulting with the community when planning for floods
The elected Council adopting a Floodplain Risk Management Plan
Finding the funding and resources needed to implement this Plan over time.
City of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession. City of Newcastle reiterates its commitment to addressing disadvantages and attaining justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.