The Victorian Government has developed the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy to help communities be better prepared for future floods.
The strategy clarifies the roles and responsibilities of government agencies and authorities involved in flood management. It aims to improve the evaluation and communication of flood risks so communities and relevant agencies can take better-informed action to manage floods.
The strategy supports priorities being developed at a regional level in consultation with local communities. It encourages communities and individuals to work with their council and catchment management authorities to decide on the level of flood mitigation that best suits their locality.
Key changes as a result of the new strategy include:
- governance arrangements for sustainably managing existing and new levees
- an acknowledgement of the value of Aboriginal communities both in planning and responding to floods
- adapting to climate change to manage flood risk
- clarification around emergency management roles and responsibilities
- guiding principles to support the role of catchment management authorities in land use planning
- clarification of who is responsible for maintaining flood warning gauges
- consideration of the environmental benefits of flooding.