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Is Your House in a Flood Area?

Applications Now Open - Voluntary House Raising Scheme            

The Voluntary House Raising Scheme has a round of funding every two years. The next round is taking place for 2019-2021 and Council is preparing an application to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

The scheme allows home owners to access grant funding, provided by OEH, through the Floodplain Management Program, to assist with raising the floor level of their dwelling to or above the Flood Planning Level. This is a floor level height established by the State Government that applies to dwellings. The level is set at the modelled level of a flood with a 1% chance of occurring in any given year, plus a 500mm freeboard.

The grant funding is usually provided at a 2:1 ratio; that is, the OEH pays two thirds of the cost and the owner pays the balance.

How can a resident access this funding?

To have an application put forward to the OEH as part of this funding round, Council needs at least one quote before Friday 23 March 2018.

Prior to a formal offer being provided (likely to be in March 2019), the following documents will also be required in due course in support of the funding application:

  • Three quotes need to be obtained for the work in accordance with Council’s Procurement Policy. You need to indicate your preferred contractor and your reason for choosing them, if they are not the lowest quote.
  • A Flood Height Survey prepared by a qualified surveyor.
  • Plans and Engineering drawings suitable for lodgement of Development Application for the work.

Further information is available in our ‘House Raising - Frequently Asked Questions’ Fact Sheet. This fact sheet addresses questions on the timing of payments, how high your house can be raised, what costs are covered by the scheme and the like.

Please note that the number of dwellings able to be raised under the scheme in this funding round is dependent on the total number of applications made across New South Wales, and each application requires OEH approval to go ahead. OEH approvals are expected to be received by Council by the end of December 2018. Those properties highest on the priority list will be given priority. Any properties that miss out, can apply for the next round.

For further information contact Leanne Ivanov at Council on 02 6757 3253.

 

 

Mungindi Safety First Service for Needles and Syringes

Sharps users in Mungindi now have a convenient location to dispose of their sharps safely in a newly mounted yellow safety bin on the NSW side of the footbridge at Mungindi.

The bin was installed after Council was approached by the Mungindi Crime Prevention Committee to address community safety with the increasing number of discarded sharps.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Acting Waste Manager Tahra Sayers said the access to the free disposal service will benefit many people who rely on using needles, syringes and finger prick lancets to maintain their own health or that of a family member, as well as people providing animal healthcare to their pets or livestock.

“People with medical conditions requiring self-injection in the home (such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or renal failure) require a safe place to discard their needles and syringes. The availability of the new disposal facility is an important way to actively encourage both residents and visitors to the community to safely dispose of their community sharps,” said Mrs Sayers.

With more people treating themselves in the home, Mrs Sayers said people should ensure their community sharps are always kept secure and separate from other wastes.

“Needles, syringes, and other equipment such as finger prick lancets that are used to treat medical conditions in the home should be placed into community sharps bins or other disposal services provided by public hospitals and now available on the approach to the footbridge.”

If you find a syringe in a public place help protect your community by calling the Needle Clean-Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 or contact Council on (02) 6757 3222.

While the risk of acquiring a serious infection as a result of an accidental injury from a community sharp is extremely low, the anxiety resulting from such an injury can be significant.

 

 

Floodplain Risk Management – Moree and Surrounds

Floodplain Risk Management – Moree and Surrounds

Under the NSW Government’s Flood Prone Land Policy, councils across NSW are responsible for the management of flood liable land.

We have a responsibility to manage floodplains to ensure that any:

  • New development will not experience undue flood risk; and
  • Existing development will not be adversely flood affected through increased damage or hazard as a result of any new development.

We need to have a policy with respect to controlling development on flood prone land and in doing so, be satisfied that all new development adequately minimises the risk to human life and damage to property, and avoids significant adverse impacts on flood behaviour and the environment.

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