Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, left, discussing Guyra Shire Council’s Tingha township flood study with Mayor Hans Hietbrink and Director of Engineering Ralf Stoeckeler.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today announced that Guyra Shire Council will receive $36,000 from the NSW Government to proceed with a flood study for the Tingha township.
Mr Marshall said the funding was part of the government’s Floodplain Management Program and would help Guyra Shire Council reduce the impact of flooding in Tingha.
“This is good news and I congratulate Guyra Shire Council on securing this funding which will reduce the impact of flooding on the Tingha community as well as reducing the public and private losses resulting from floods,” he said.
“The funding will be used specifically to assess the potential risk of flooding in the Tingha township along Copes Creek.
“Council will also contribute to this program am I am confident that it will result in reducing the risks associated with floodwater inundation and will also help to save lives.
“While most areas are facing drought at the moment, it is important to plan for all scenarios and flooding has the potential to destroy lives.”
Guyra Shire Mayor Hans Hietbrink said Council was very pleased to receive the funding to undertake the important study.
“As the local council we need to undertake this study so we know where the probable flood levels are to inform our current and future planning decisions for Tingha,” Cr Hietbrink said.
“We want to be able to prevent inundation into home and property and ensure that we don’t allow construction in areas which have a high risk of being inundated during floods.”
A total of $16.3 million is being made available to local councils and other authorities for 51 new projects across NSW.
The Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme is a part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.