Workshop tackles actions to prevent Swansea flooding

Date posted: 31 July 2019

Elevating Swansea’s retail precinct will be among the options discussed at a Council workshop tackling future flood risks for the waterfront suburb.

Participants at the Tuesday 6 August workshop at The Swansea Centre will explore a range of shortlisted measures developed by a joint Council and community working group over the past 12 months.

Manager Environmental Systems Dean Chapman said the aim was to assess the hazards and impacts of current and future flood risks, and plan accordingly.

“Swansea is one of Lake Macquarie’s lowest lying suburbs, which means it is more prone to sea level rise and tidal inundation,” Mr Chapman said.

“Now is the time to start thinking about how we can prepare our homes, our businesses, our community and our lifestyle.”

Already, some streets in Swansea flood when king tides combine with major rain events.

Mr Chapman said this was expected to worsen as sea levels rose due to climate change.

“No-one has a crystal ball, but by thinking about what the situation could be like by 2050, or even 2100, we can start factoring sea level rise and tidal inundation into future development and infrastructure.”

One option conceived by the working group involves gradually replacing Swansea’s ageing retail precinct with elevated premises immune to occasional low-level inundation.

Mr Chapman said it was important to note the shortlisted options were not formal Council plans, but rather ideas to generate wider community discussion and feedback.

“Development of a Local Adaptation Plan for Swansea and its surrounds, including Caves Beach, will help guide our future actions,” Mr Chapman said.

The Tuesday 6 August workshop will run 4-6.30pm, with a short presentation at 5pm.

“People are welcome to come for the whole workshop or just drop in to get more information or provide their feedback ,” Mr Chapman said.

Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will receive a free barista coffee or tea. They will also go in the draw to win a $75 Gold Class movie voucher.

Go to eventbrite.com.au for bookings, and to shape.lakemac.com.au for more information.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 31 July 2019