Rous County Council will use an $80,000 grant to investigate flood mitigation options such as raising the CBD levee or expanding the South Lismore levee.
The State Government has provided the funding to review what actions could reduce the duration or severity of flooding for properties within the South Lismore and CBD levee areas without adversely impacting other areas such as North Lismore.
The Office of Environment and Heritage grant would include modelling CBD levee raising options, enhancement of the South Lismore flood levee and excavation to allow the diversion of floodwater away from houses and businesses.
Rous County Council, Lismore City Council and the Lismore Floodplain Management Committee will work together on the project.
Committee member and Lismore City Council Strategic Planning Coordinator Paula Newman welcomed the funding.
‘We are thrilled – as a committee we are very keen to develop a plan that will protect Lismore from floods like the March 2017 flood that caused so much damage and heartache,’ Ms Newman said.
‘We don’t know what the solution is yet, but without the modelling we cannot even begin to look at options. This funding will allow us to get the evidence-based data Council needs to make the best decisions for Lismore in the long-term.
‘It may mean raising our CBD levee or expanding our South Lismore levee, but it’s too early to speculate. The modelling will make it clear where the most sensible path lies and we can then look at costs and funding options moving forward.’
The Lismore Floodplain Management Committee will begin the modelling process immediately and hopes to have data for review within six months.