Strategic review of Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme
Early last week Scot MacDonald MLC, Paliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Valley, announced the awarding of a $500,000 contract to WRL to undertake a review of the impacts of climate change on the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme.
Consisting of 184 kilometres of levees, 379 floodgates and 164 kilometres of drainage channels, the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme is the largest integrated scheme of its kind in NSW.
“The scheme protects the communities of the Hunter from minor-moderate flooding, and mitigates the effects of flooding on valuable agricultural land… ensuring the scheme serves its function and is fit for the future considering changes associated with climate change is vital.” Mr MacDonald said.
WRL will provide a hydraulic review and cost benefit analysis of the impact climate change will have on the scheme, providing the government with the information required to efficiently prioritise future investment in the scheme.
WRL’s review will form the first step in a broader strategic review of the scheme being undertaken by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in partnership with Hunter Local Land Services (LLS); with over $30 million combined being invested in the scheme over the next 5 years.
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