NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead MP has welcomed $88,000 of new funding to Mid-Coast Council for local floodplain management through the State’s Floodplain Management Grants Program.

Mr Bromhead said the grant, awarded under the 2019-20 Floodplain Management Program, will help Mid-Coast Council better understand and manage local flood levels, risk and exposure in the Myall Lakes electorate.

“I congratulate Mid-Coast Council on successfully securing this money to support their plans for the Upper Myall and Bulahdelah area flood study,” Mr Bromhead said.

“The Government’s Floodplain Management Grants Program funds important projects for local councils to assess flood risk and help reduce flood impacts on their local communities.”

The funding will allow MidCoast Council to manage development in the area in line with contemporary floodplain management practices and to provide safer outcomes for the Myall River valley in times of flood.

The grants assist with flood studies and flood risk management studies, as well as the implementation of works to reduce flood risk such as flood levees, flood gates, warning systems, house raising or purchase in high risk areas.

In 2019-2020 under the Floodplain Management grants program $7.26 million for 50 projects will enable local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects.