2 June, 2023

Flood investigation session

LOCAL residents are invited to a community information session on the progress of the South Warrnambool Flood Investigation.

By Staff Writer

The session, to be held Wednesday, June 7 will provide residents with another opportunity to be involved in the flood mapping process and to assist in “ground truthing” historical event mapping. 

 The flood investigation of riverine and storm tide (oceanic) flooding for South Warrnambool is a joint project between council and the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (GHCMA), with consultants Venant Solutions engaged to provide specialist expertise and advice. Warrnambool acting mayor Cr Max Taylor said the session would start with a formal presentation from a Venant Solutions representative who will explain the flood model, the use of data and how it translates into flood maps. 

 Attendees will then be invited to provide feedback on the draft maps.

“Local knowledge is invaluable and a flood investigation in a lower-lying urban area such as South Warrnambool is a vital part of the planning process and informs flood-related planning controls,” Cr Taylor said. 

“It provides detailed information about the nature of flood risk including the distribution, extent, depths, levels and velocity of floodwaters for a range for storm events including historic and design flood events.” 

 Next week’s session will start at 6pm and will be held at the Merrivale Football Netball Club. “We understand not everyone will be able to attend the meeting so we’ll make the draft maps and related information available on council’s community engagement website,” Cr Taylor said. 

“People will be able to provide online feedback from May 31 to June 14.” Residents can also get in touch with council’s city strategy team on 5559 4800 or via email: 


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