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Project snapshot

Help us better understand flood risks in the area

Working Group

Project Working Group

The purpose of the Middle Harbour Flood Study Project Working Group is to work with Council and provide feedback from a local perspective. The Working Group will provide a forum for discussion between the community, Council and the consultant undertaking the study and State Government authorities.

The early stages of the project were reviewed by Council’s former Flood Management Committee which was disbanded in February 2022. A Working Group is now being established to review the final stages of the project.

The first two-hour meeting is anticipated to be at 6pm on Wednesday, 10 April 2024, although this date is subject to change. There will likely be a total of 2 or 3 meetings.

We asked for Expressions of Interest to join the Working Group as a community representative.

The EOI form closed on Thursday 29 February 2024.

We are reviewing applications and aim to advise applicants about the outcome of their EOI by Thursday 21 March 2024.

Please ensure you have read the Terms of Reference.

Project history

We are preparing a draft flood study to identify and map the overland flow paths in the catchments that drain into Middle Harbour. This will help with managing the flood risks in this area. The study area comprises parts of Belrose, Davidson, Frenchs Forest, Forestville and Killarney Heights.

Between 11 February 2022 and 27 March 2022, we asked the local community to help us better understand the flood behaviour in the catchment.

We invited you to share your experiences and knowledge of any flooding in the Middle Harbour catchments by completing our online survey. 331 surveys were completed, thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

This information has been used by the Consultant in the preparation of the draft report, which is expected to go on public exhibition during 2024.

If you have an enquiry, please email the Floodplain Planning & Response team on floodplain@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or call us on 1300 434 434 (during business hours).

Map of the study area

Map of the study area

Flood risks in the Northern Beaches

Identifying and managing flood risks

Northern Beaches Council is responsible for the identification of flood prone land in the Local Government Area (LGA). We also play a key role in the management of risks to life and property from flooding.

One of our most important activities is to increase our community's awareness of flooding so that people are better able to understand and plan for the flood risks they face.

A flood study aims to:

- define existing flood behaviour (including levels and extents)

- help identify flooding problem areas in the catchment

- assess the impacts of climate change.

Once the draft Middle Harbour Catchments Flood Study has been prepared and put on public exhibition, the community will have the opportunity to discuss the results with Council Staff and the engineering consultants undertaking the study.