Project update (July 2019)

The Better Flood Planning Project improved our understanding of flooding on properties across Ballarat and our ability to manage flooding when it occurs.

In March and April 2019, more than eighty community members, business owners, students and shoppers provided feedback about their experience of flooding in Ballarat.

Participants took part in a survey and community drop-in sessions to confirm and inform flood modelling data undertaken along 11 waterways throughout Ballarat. This feedback confirmed the flood modelling input and will inform a Planning Scheme Amendment to introduce appropriate planning controls to improve flood planning and management across Ballarat.

The feedback has also informed the City of Ballarat's understanding of flooding in Ballarat and will assist in future planning and prioritisation of infrastructure improvements, flood mitigation and flood emergency management.

Next steps

The baseline 2019 flood modelling is currently being updated to include the changes in the catchment from development and infrastructure updates as well as the changes to rainfall data over the last 5 years.

In the near future there will be a Ballarat 11 Waterways Flood Modelling MySay page and a community consultation period where all the updated modelling will be available along with project information.