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Amendment approved to manage flood risk

Floods along Forest Creek

A planning scheme amendment has been made to provide better protection from flood in Castlemaine, Chewton and Campbells Creek.

Wednesday 13 March 2019

The Minister for Planning has approved an amendment to the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme to provide better flood protection in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton.

Amendment C082 incorporates new flood mapping boundaries and planning overlays in flood prone areas.

The flood maps are based on updated modelling by the North Central Catchment Management Authority in township areas that have a long history of flooding.

The amendment changes the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO) and introduces a Floodway Overlay (FO) to reduce community exposure to flooding.

The FO affects land subject to the highest flood risk and where floods occur most frequently, and the LSIO is applied to land affected by riverine flooding where it occurs on average one in every 100 years.

The introduction of the overlays means a planning permit may be required when building works are proposed, or prior to developing or subdividing land, to reduce the impact of flood. Some exemptions apply for minor buildings and works.

To help people understand the proposed changes, Council ran three information sessions in affected towns and notified directly affected residents and property owners.

The amendment was considered by an independent panel in April 2018 before being submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Council prepared the amendment as one of the 10 recommendations in the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan.

It has also finalised the designs for six flood levees around Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Newstead and is working on securing funding for these projects.

For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/C082.

Image: Forest Creek in flood.

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