Community involvement is vital in the Floodplain Management Process. The community's knowledge and experiences of flooding are critical to effective flood risk management.
Previous community input
The community has provided valuable input to previous flood investigations within the Davistown and Empire Bay catchments. The 2010 flood studies involved community consultation in the form of a questionnaire mailed to all residents in the study area. In Davistown, 144 responses to the questionnaire were received and in Empire Bay 132 responses were received. The community provided information on their observations of past flooding in the area.
A community questionnaire was sent in September 2019 to all properties within the study area. It was able to be completed by return mail or online. Responses closed 16th November 2019.
A copy of the questionnaire that was sent out can be downloaded here.
What community input is required
As part of the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan Council will be looking to engage with the community again to look at ways to manage the flooding problems identified in the Davistown and Empire Bay Flood Studies. The community were invited to provide Council with information on flooding problems they are aware of and suggestions on how they would like to see these problems addressed.
Community Information Session
A series of community information sessions were held in October 2019 and were provided an opportunity for the community to to find out more about the study and to share with the project team your experiences and concerns about flooding in the local area.
Another round of information sessions will be held in February 2021. Details are provided below:
Davistown: 24 February (Wednesday), 4pm-7pm at Davistown Progress Association Hall.
Empire Bay: 25 February (Thursday), 2pm-5pm at Empire Bay Progress Association Hall.
There will be no formal presentation at the information sessions. Members of the community are welcome to visit at any time during the session and chat to the project team.
Outcomes of Community Engagement to Date
A newsletter was sent to community members who attended the October Drop In Sessions, or provided a response to the questionnaire. This newsletter provides a summary of the outcomes of the October 2019 engagement activities.
A copy of the newsletter can be downloaded here.
The draft reports have been placed on public exhibition on the 15th of February, 2021. The public exhibition period will last for 6 weeks and it will finish on the 26th of March (5pm). During this period, the community is invited to review the document and provide feedback. The community can speak with the project team via online sessions booked through Council's website.