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Floodplain Risk Management Plan

Sofala Floodplain Risk Management Plan

The village of Sofala is located approximately 42 km north of Bathurst on the Bathurst to Ilford Road. Sofala is located within the Bathurst Regional Council local government area on the Turon River, a tributary of the Macquarie River. The Turon River at Sofala has a catchment area of 883 square kilometres. The Turon River has a history of flooding with the largest recorded flood at Sofala occurring in August 1986.

The overall objective of the study is to develop a draft Floodplain Risk Management Plan for the study area that addresses the existing, future and continuing flood problems, in accordance with the NSW Government's Flood Policy, as detailed in the "Floodplain Development Manual: the management of flood liable land", New South Wales Government, April 2005 (FDM). The following issues specific to Sofala were identified in the Brief:

  • Vegetation growth and the build-up of gravel within the river channel. In considering these issues the Consultant is to ensure that the requirements of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) under the Native Vegetation Act and the Rivers and Foreshores Improvement Act are addressed. The potential for vegetation removal to increase channel velocities and hence erosion is also to be addressed.
  • The impact of the road bridge (Crossley Bridge) and its approaches as an obstruction to flow.
  • The impact of debris collecting on the bridge may exacerbate flooding.
  • In consultation with the local NSW SES, the study is to identify which emergency management issues would assist the community in being prepared for flood events. This should include flood intelligence, information forecasting, flood warning etc.
  • Identify specific flood mitigation options available.
  • Identify specific guidelines for new release areas, major rezoning as subdivisions, including lot sizes, allowable fill, building and development controls, section 94 plans etc.

Additional Information

Field Value
Title Sofala Floodplain Risk Management Plan
River Basin 421 - Macquarie-Bogan
Publication Date 1 January 2008
Themes Land and Resource Management
Spatial Extent
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Council/LGA Bathurst Regional Council
Author/ Prepared by Bathurst Regional Council
Publish date 13 June 2019
Update date 26 June 2019
Approval State Approved
Submitted for approval 14 June 2019
Submitted by Akhil Sud
Approved 26 June 2019
Approved by dstazic
Identifier 0c7c0639-ba44-40c6-b5bb-3b33fa06e67f