Bega Valley Shire Council
The Bega Valley Shire (also known as the Sapphire Coast) is located at the south-eastern extremity of coastal NSW, Australia. The Shire is predominantly rural, with many townships and villages.
Land is used primarily for conservation and timber production. The next biggest land use is agriculture, particularly dairy farming. Fishing, oyster harvesting, tourism and retail are also important industries. Population: 32,956; Area: 6,040 square kilometres; 78 per cent national park or state forest. Coastline: 225 km; 101 ocean beaches and 26 estuaries
Bega Valley Shire Council engaged consultants SMEC Australia to undertake a flood study for the Bega and Brogo River catchments to update its current flood mapping in light of recent flood events during 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The flood study forms an initial stage towards development of a comprehensive Floodplain Risk Management Plan, in accordance with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual, the management of flood liable land, April 2005.
Council has taken the initiative to carry out the flood study to assist with planning for and managing the risk the community faces from flooding.
The final flood study report will form the technical basis of a future floodplain risk management study and plan that incorporates the management and consideration of social/cultural/economic impacts.
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