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Flooding on Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads South in 2005. Residents are encouraged to share their flooding experiences at Tweed Heads South and Banora Point as part of a new flood study for the area. Photo supplied.

Share flood experiences can be challenging but residents of Tweed Heads South, Banora Point and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate, telling their stories and sharing records as part of a new flood study of the area.

Tweed Shire Council is undertaking a comprehensive Levee and Drainage Study of Tweed Heads South with support from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and in collaboration with independent flood specialists Catchment Simulation Solutions.

Aerial map of the Tweed Heads South Levee and Drainage Study area. Image supplied.

The Tweed Heads South Levee and Drainage Study aims to build on the Tweed Valley Floodplain Risk Management Study completed in 2014 by completing a localised, detailed analysis of flooding and an options assessment for the Tweed Heads South area.

Input of residents would play a vital role

Council’s Engineer – Flood and Stormwater Leon McLean said the input of residents would play a vital role in shaping flood resilience in the community. ‘By collecting comprehensive information about past flood events, we can gain a deeper understanding of flood patterns and risks in the region.

‘This knowledge will enable us to develop effective flood management strategies, including the design of any future upgrades for the Tweed Heads South Levee and Drainage System.

‘Over the years, our community has witnessed significant flood events, including in 2005, 2017 and 2022. These events have caused widespread impacts on our community, properties, businesses, industries and public infrastructure.’

Study is of great importance

Mr McLean said contribution to this study is of great importance. ‘By sharing your personal experiences and records related to past floods, you can provide crucial insights into flood-prone areas and contribute to the development of robust flood mitigation plans.

‘Your input will help us make informed decisions that prioritise the safety and well-being of our community.’

Council is currently in the initial stage of community consultation, focusing on gathering historical flood information to calibrate the flood models accurately. This stage also provides an opportunity for residents to provide initial feedback on flood risk management options that will be explored in more detail later in the project, involving further community input.

Residents encouraged to participate

The Tweed Heads South Levee and Drainage Study survey is now open. Current and past residents of Tweed Heads South, Banora Point and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate in the survey by Sunday, 6 August, 2023.

Residents who live within the study area should soon receive information about the study and a printed survey.

To participate in this important study and share your past flood experiences and records, visit yoursaytweed.com.au/ths-levee-drainage-study to access the online survey. Paper versions of the survey can be collected at Council’s customer service counters at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, or download and complete the printable version of the survey off the Your Say Tweed page and return it to one of our offices.

Any additional information, photographs, or other relevant materials that may contribute to a better understanding of past flood events in the area are most welcome.

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