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Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

Georges River Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan

Reasons for the Study and Plan

The Georges River is one of the most populated catchments in Australia. The river and its tributary creeks represent Sydney’s most immediate flood problem, both in terms of the number of properties affected by flooding and the potential for increased flood damage due to development pressures within the catchment.

Bewsher Consulting was commissioned by Bankstown City Council and Liverpool City Council in June 2001 to develop a floodplain risk management study and plan for the Georges River. The study was later expanded to incorporate parts of Fairfield City Council and Sutherland Shire Council.

Numerous flood investigations have been undertaken on the Georges River over the years. Most have focused on specific problem areas along the river, and in many cases flood mitigation schemes have been developed to tackle these problems. Many of the schemes have since been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented. Whilst there has been substantial progress in reducing the extent of flooding problems along the river, there remains a significant flood risk to many properties. There has also been no overall strategic floodplain risk management study that considers the broader catchment-wide measures, such as flood warning, emergency management measures, public awareness and consistent planning controls for future development.

The Study report has been produced in two volumes – a main report (Volume 1) and a supplementary report covering planning issues (Volume 2), given the critical importance of the latter to floodplain management on the Georges River.


The prime responsibility for planning and management of flood prone lands in NSW rests with local government. The NSW Government provides assistance on statewide policy issues and technical support. Financial assistance is also provided to undertake flood and floodplain risk management studies and for the implementation of works identified in any subsequent floodplain risk management plan.

The Georges River Floodplain Management Committee oversaw the Study. This committee includes Councillors and staff from Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield and Sutherland Shire Councils. Officers form the Department of Land and Water Conservation (now the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources) and the State Emergency Service were also represented on the committee, along with a number of community representatives.

Additional Information

Field Value
Title Georges River Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan
River Basin 213 - Sydney Coast and Georges River
Publication Date 19 May 2004
Themes Land and Resource Management
Spatial Extent
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Council/LGA Canterbury-Bankstown Council
Additional LGA's covered within study
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Sutherland Shire Council
Author/ Prepared by Bewsher Consulting Pty Ltd
Publish date 1 June 2017
Update date 27 June 2017
Place Name Georges River Catchment
Approval State Approved
Submitted for approval 2 June 2017
Submitted by John Silk
Approved 27 June 2017
Approved by dstazic
Data Comment

Report only; no other data. Legacy data; may have been superseded.

Identifier 898994be-9846-4437-8c12-ff7c5dd8a5a8