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Floodplain Risk Management Study

Ballina Floodplain Risk Management Study

The study area is defined by the extent of the Richmond River floodplain from Empire Vale in the south to Ross Lane in the north. The major tributaries of North Creek, Maguires Creek and Emigrant Creek are included in the study area, because flooding across Ballina’s urban area is influenced by these creeks as well as the Richmond River itself. This study considers the flooding behaviour of Emigrant Creek, Maguires Creek, North Creek and the lower Richmond River. The catchments are dominated by rolling topography and hills with slopes ranging from 5% to 30%. The flood model also includes three of Emigrant Creek’s tributaries: Sandy Flat Creek, Chilcotts Creek and Duck Creek.

The objective of the study is to derive an appropriate mix of management measures to effectively manage the flood risk for the study area. The study includes:

  • Review of Council’s existing policies, strategies and planning instruments;
  • Consultation with the CRG to provide and gather information, enable participation in the decision making process and gain community acceptance of the management study findings and the subsequent plan;
  • Investigation of flood risk and hazard;
  • Investigation of the current evacuation capability of the community;
  • Estimation of the cost of flooding to the community;
  • Identification and appraisal of flood risk management measures;
  • Identification of potential for new development or redevelopment in the floodplain; and
  • Identification of modifications required to current policies and planning instruments.

Additional Information

Field Value
Title Ballina Floodplain Risk Management Study
Publication Date 12 January 2012
Themes Land and Resource Management
Spatial Extent
Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Council/LGA Ballina Shire Council
Author/ Prepared by BMT WBM, Bewsher Consulting, Grech Planners
Publish date 19 June 2019
Update date 26 June 2019
River Basin 203 - Richmond
Approval State Approved
Submitted for approval 19 June 2019
Submitted by Akhil Sud
Approved 26 June 2019
Approved by jhudson
Identifier 5f3324c2-df89-4b31-8b74-29501c0c9766