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Funding to buy flood prone properties

WOLLONGONG City Council has recieved funding to voluntary purchase a number of properties near flood affected creeks in Fairy Meadow, Towradgi, Woonona and Thirroul.
The program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties affected by flooding near Fairy, Cabbage, Towradgi, Collins and Hewitts Creeks.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman today announced $4.93 million in grants for 10 councils and a local land service to address flood risks throughout NSW.
Mr Speakman said the funding for councils was another way the NSW Government was supporting communities to prepare for extreme weather events well in advance of them occurring.
“Floods and natural disasters are an inevitable reality in Australia and it is important we support our councils to consolidate the safety of people and property in our communities,” Mr Speakman said.
“The projects are funded under the State Floodplain Management Program that works to ensure landowners, businesses and local economies are prepared to meet the challenges of floods and natural hazards.
“Losses from flooding in NSW can be high. Floods can cause untold damage to not only the physical but also the emotional wellbeing of our communities.”
The grants will help councils to be better equipped to implement floodplain risk management plans and to prepare the regions that are affected by flooding.
Examples of new projects to be funded include:

 Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)      

Over past decades Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creek and its tributaries have experienced significant flood events, which has caused property damage and posed a high hazard to the residents living in close proximity to the major drainage channels in the area. This voluntary purchase project will purchase dwellings from the flood affected area. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.
Towradgi Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)     
The Towradgi Creek catchment has suffered regular flooding with 26 incidences of flooding occurring in the district from 1958 to 1999. This is an ongoing voluntary purchase project for Towradgi Creek. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.
Collins Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)  
This is a continuation of the Voluntary Purchase Scheme identified in the Collins Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.
Hewitts Creek Voluntary Purchase Scheme (SFMP)      
This is a continuation of the Voluntary Purchase Scheme for this area and is part of the overall Hewitts Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. This program will provide funding if the opportunity exists to purchase the identified properties.
For more information  visit: Environment NSW.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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