Gwydir Shire Council is committed to ensuring the region has a sustainable and resilient water system that can respond to the needs of the community in a responsible, effective and considerate way. To protect the properties and waters of our region, Council is in the process of considering how to manage and improve stormwater infrastructure in Bingara and Warialda.
There is currently a stormwater levy for properties in Bingara and Warialda that is allocated to stormwater improvements in these areas.
What is stormwater infrastructure?
Stormwater infrastructure refers to the management systems put in place to collect roof-water and overland flow water from properties as well as roads, reserves and parks, and carry it away from the properties. Stormwater infrastructure includes physical structures and treatment techniques to manage the quantity and quality of stormwater that flows off the land.
The aim of an effective stormwater infrastructure system is to reduce physical damage to property from flooding, erosion to the land and pollution.
Why is stormwater infrastructure important?
As a result of Gwydir’s climate and typography, flooding and nuisance issues from stormwater are common problems for many of Gwydir’s residents. Gwydir’s current stormwater infrastructure system does not always mitigate these issues in some specific locations.
Without appropriate infrastructure Council’s response to stormwater issues remains limited.
Stormwater infrastructure can provide multiple benefits including:
- Improved drainage and reduced damage to land from flooding
- Greater reliability, efficiency and resilience of Gwydir’s water system
- Reduced pollution and environmental damages from stormwater overflow
- Improved drainage system performance/operation and discharged water quality
Your feedback matters
Council understands that stormwater impacts some members of the Gwydir community, and aims to ensure Gwydir has an effective stormwater infrastructure system in place to mitigate these issues.
Gwydir Shire Council is seeking input from the community to consider the best approach to improving stormwater infrastructure, particularly in Bingara and Warialda.
Your feedback and involvement will assist Council to best meet the needs and expectations of the Gwydir community when planning for new and improved stormwater infrastructure.
How can I be involved?
To help Council plan and prioritise infrastructure improvements we want to hear from you.
Please share your experiences with stormwater issues or any other feedback relating to this subject using the submission form below. We encourage you to upload any photos or videos of stormwater events that you may have.
Alternatively please email your comments, images or video to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will help us with future planning for stormwater infrastructure. Further engagement opportunities include:
Council is also in the process of recruiting community members to be part of a Citizen’s Panel that will help decide stormwater infrastructure improvements in Bingara and Warialda.
Panelists will meet to learn more about this issue, have questions answered and ultimately make a recommendation to be considered by Council.
There will be 3 sessions over a one-month period allowing enough time to deliberate on the information and hear all perspectives.
To register your interest in the panel please enter your details here:
12th - 31st
Have your say
- Share your feedback and experiences with stormwater issues on the project website, emailing your comments or via direct mail to Gwydir Shire Council.
- We encourage you to upload any photos or videos of stormwater events you may have
|Collation and recruitment
- Collation of feedback received during September and preparation of report
- Recruitment for Citizen’s Panel
- Community members will be given the opportunity to be part of a Citizen’s Panel that will help decide stormwater infrastructure improvements in Bingara and Warialda.
- Panelists will meet to learn more about the issue, have questions answered and ultimately make a recommendation to be considered by council
- There will be 3 sessions over November, allowing enough time to deliberate on the information and hear all perspectives
- Citizen’s Panel recommendations on public exhibition.
- Recommendations put forward by the citizens panel will be published on the website. Here, you will have the opportunity to provide further feedback on panel recommendations.
**Disclaimer: Some engagement activities will be dependent on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The health and safety of the community is our foremost priority and we are taking all precautions necessary to ensure safe engagement in the COVID-19 era.