Collins Creek Flood Study

Consultation has concluded

We’ve updated the Collins Creek Flood Study and would like to share the Report with the community.

The community contributed valuable information to the study, with Council receiving hundreds of submissions about the flooding and drainage problems they’ve experienced on their properties. There is now a draft report of the Flood Study with information on how it was done and what the results are.

The updated Study explains the ways flooding happens in the Collins Creek catchment, located in Woonona, Russell Vale, Bellambi and Corrimal. The Study covers the catchments of Bellambi Lake, Bellambi Gully, Farrahars Creek, Collins Creek and Whartons Creek. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about the Study and how we manage flood risk.

We’ll be sharing the report with the community during the public exhibition from 17 June to 19 July 2019. Come along to one of our drop-in community information sessions where the floodplain engineers working on the Study will be able to answer your questions. These are drop-in sessions, so you can come in at any time.

Weekend Session
Saturday 22 June 2019, drop in anytime between 9:30am – 11am
Bulli Senior Citizens Centre, 8 Hospital Rd, Bulli
Mid-week Session
Tuesday 25 June 2019, drop in anytime between 4pm – 5:30pm
Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club, 1 Trinity Row, Bulli

If you’d like to attend and have accessibility or mobility requirements, or need an interpreter, please contact us to let us know how we can support your attendance.

If you’d like to learn more but are unable to attend a session, the Report will also be available to view at Corrimal Library, with copies of the FAQ, feedback forms and reply-paid envelopes available for people to take.

Read the Report to learn more about the project, then share your feedback online with the project team.

Feedback closes on 19 July 2019.

We’ve updated the Collins Creek Flood Study and would like to share the Report with the community.

The community contributed valuable information to the study, with Council receiving hundreds of submissions about the flooding and drainage problems they’ve experienced on their properties. There is now a draft report of the Flood Study with information on how it was done and what the results are.

The updated Study explains the ways flooding happens in the Collins Creek catchment, located in Woonona, Russell Vale, Bellambi and Corrimal. The Study covers the catchments of Bellambi Lake, Bellambi Gully, Farrahars Creek, Collins Creek and Whartons Creek. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about the Study and how we manage flood risk.

We’ll be sharing the report with the community during the public exhibition from 17 June to 19 July 2019. Come along to one of our drop-in community information sessions where the floodplain engineers working on the Study will be able to answer your questions. These are drop-in sessions, so you can come in at any time.

Weekend Session
Saturday 22 June 2019, drop in anytime between 9:30am – 11am
Bulli Senior Citizens Centre, 8 Hospital Rd, Bulli
Mid-week Session
Tuesday 25 June 2019, drop in anytime between 4pm – 5:30pm
Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club, 1 Trinity Row, Bulli

If you’d like to attend and have accessibility or mobility requirements, or need an interpreter, please contact us to let us know how we can support your attendance.

If you’d like to learn more but are unable to attend a session, the Report will also be available to view at Corrimal Library, with copies of the FAQ, feedback forms and reply-paid envelopes available for people to take.

Read the Report to learn more about the project, then share your feedback online with the project team.

Feedback closes on 19 July 2019.

Consultation has concluded
  • Collins Creek Flood Study (2019) adopted by Council on 23 September 2019

    about 2 months ago
    The Collins Creek Flood Study (2019) was finalised following the public exhibition and a report went to Council at the meeting on 23 September 2019. Councillors resolved unanimously to adopt the Study.

    The Study will inform land use planning, planning certificates and be used for the development of a floodplain risk management study and plan.

    Read the Business Paper and meeting minutes on Council's website for more information.

    Thank you to all who made a submission. Your contribution to Council's management of flood risk is highly valued.

    The Collins Creek Flood Study (2019) was finalised following the public exhibition and a report went to Council at the meeting on 23 September 2019. Councillors resolved unanimously to adopt the Study.

    The Study will inform land use planning, planning certificates and be used for the development of a floodplain risk management study and plan.

    Read the Business Paper and meeting minutes on Council's website for more information.

    Thank you to all who made a submission. Your contribution to Council's management of flood risk is highly valued.
  • Community input

    about 2 months ago
    Council’s engagement team worked collaboratively with a technical consultant to share the updated Study with the community and key stakeholders. During the public exhibition period, 17 June to 19 July 2019, Council sent letters to more than 5,300 residents and property owners in the catchment area inviting them to learn more about the review. 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...

    Council’s engagement team worked collaboratively with a technical consultant to share the updated Study with the community and key stakeholders. During the public exhibition period, 17 June to 19 July 2019, Council sent letters to more than 5,300 residents and property owners in the catchment area inviting them to learn more about the review. 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, as well as information sessions at Bulli Senior Citizens Centre on 22 June 2019 and Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club on 25 June 2019. They were also included on this webpage. Notices of the exhibition were published in the Advertiser on 19 and 26 June 2019. A media release was distributed on 19 June 2019. The community were invited to provide feedback via Council’s website, Customer Service Centre and at the community information sessions.

    There were 30 submissions. Some comments were provided at the drop-in information sessions which were attended by a total of 94 community members. A suggestion was made about how to make flood modelling easier to understand. A concern was raised that the Study does not extend into the Wollongong Coal Russell Vale mine site and that it should also address water quality, not just quantity. A request was made to correct the way a creek was displayed on the aerial map, as there was a concern this would impact property values.

    Other comments related to the perceived causes of flooding, how flooding impacts people’s own property, creek maintenance and suggestions for flood mitigation options. Some were unaware of flood mitigation work that has happened, is in progress or planned for the catchment. Concerns were expressed that development has, or may in future, increase flood impacts on people’s properties. The potential impact of the Flood Study on insurance premiums, property values and the development potential of privately-owned land was raised. It was commented that development should not be allowed on flood-prone land and that landowners should bear the responsibility of managing flood risk on their land. Interest was expressed by a property owner in participating in the Voluntary Purchase Scheme.