Published on 21 November 2022
Kempsey Shire Council has been awarded two grants to improve flood mitigation across the Macleay Valley floodplain.
On Friday 18 November, the NSW Government announced their Floodplain Management Grants.
Kempsey Shire Council has received funding for two projects:
This funding will help implement actions in the Kempsey Central Business District Flood Risk Management Plan 2017. The funding will look at a proposed levee at South Kempsey and a floodgate at the Gladstone Street underpass in West Kempsey.
The goal of the Kempsey Central Business District Flood Risk Management Plan 2017 is to reduce flooding impacts in the main business and commercial areas of Kempsey.
The Central Upper Macleay Flood Study will provide valuable data and information from the Upper Macleay River.
This area stretches upstream of Aldavilla and Sherwood to the Kempsey and Armidale border.
This data will then be used to provide a better understanding of what river levels trigger flooding and their related impacts on Council, government, emergency agencies and landholders.
Additionally, this will help improve development controls for at-risk land.
Subject to conditions, these projects will be delivered in the 2023-24 financial year.
More information is atFloodplain Grants Awarded | NSW Environment and Heritage