Local Member for Tweed Geoff Provest MP has welcomed new funding of $83,335 for Tweed Shire Councils local floodplain management through the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program grants.

Mr Provest said the grant, awarded under the 2021-22 Floodplain Management Program, will help Council better understand and manage local flood risk and exposure in the Tweed region.

“I congratulate Council on successfully securing this money to support the Tweed Heads South Levee overtopping and drainage study,” Mr Provest said.

Each year Councils can apply for grants through the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program to fund important projects for local councils to assess and understand flood risk and help reduce flood impacts on their local communities.

“This is a continuation of the NSW Government’s investment to support councils, which have the primary role of managing flood risk in their communities.”

The grants help with flood risk management studies, as well as the implementation of works to reduce risks such as flood levees, flood gates, warning systems, house raising or purchase in high risk areas.

The 49 projects funded under the 2021-22 Floodplain Management grants program, which total $9.54 million, are in addition to the 208 ongoing projects valued at $49.64 million being implemented from previous years’ funding rounds.

The new grant projects will enable local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects.

Each application was assessed by a DPIE technical specialist and then by the independent State Floodplain Mitigation Assessment Committee (SFMAC) for feasibility and overall worthiness using assessment criteria.

See further information online: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/floodplains/floodplain-management-grants