FloodFutures

Flood Management is something that affects us all and Wagga Wagga City Council is continuing a long term conversation with the community regarding all aspects of flood management.

In recent history, sections of the community flooded in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and memories of floods large and small span decades for many residents.

FloodFutures is an ongoing discussion on how we as a community manage living on the floodplain. Your input is needed on plans, studies and projects as they are developed to ensure your voice informs decisions on flood protection, mitigation and management.

If at any stage you have difficulty reading any of the documents here or have questions that aren't answered on the website, drop us a line at floodfutures@wagga.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 292 442.

Flood Management is something that affects us all and Wagga Wagga City Council is continuing a long term conversation with the community regarding all aspects of flood management.

In recent history, sections of the community flooded in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and memories of floods large and small span decades for many residents.

FloodFutures is an ongoing discussion on how we as a community manage living on the floodplain. Your input is needed on plans, studies and projects as they are developed to ensure your voice informs decisions on flood protection, mitigation and management.

If at any stage you have difficulty reading any of the documents here or have questions that aren't answered on the website, drop us a line at floodfutures@wagga.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 292 442.

  • North Wagga Wagga flood mitigation works funding: Statement from Council General Manager Peter Thompson

    2 days ago

    Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Peter Thompson has today responded to a recent claim directed at Council around funding for flood mitigation in North Wagga Wagga.

    Mr Thompson has issued the following statement:

    Council has recently been accused of receiving funding from the NSW State Government for North Wagga Wagga flood mitigation and that Council has diverted this funding to “other purposes”.

    This accusation is completely denied by Council. It simply is not true in any way.

    In fact, the truth of the matter is quite the opposite. Council has not received any funding from the NSW Government for...

    Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Peter Thompson has today responded to a recent claim directed at Council around funding for flood mitigation in North Wagga Wagga.

    Mr Thompson has issued the following statement:

    Council has recently been accused of receiving funding from the NSW State Government for North Wagga Wagga flood mitigation and that Council has diverted this funding to “other purposes”.

    This accusation is completely denied by Council. It simply is not true in any way.

    In fact, the truth of the matter is quite the opposite. Council has not received any funding from the NSW Government for new flood mitigation works in North Wagga. It is hoped such funds will be provided in the future when the works themselves are finalised.

    Council is, however, already collecting funds from Wagga Wagga ratepayers through a special rate variation which has been in place since 1 July 2016. As of the 30 June 2019 a total of $4,466,687.45 has been collected.

    This special rate variation was for both works to protect the City and North Wagga Wagga with a total of $7,800,000 budgeted to be collected over the five years (ending 30 June 2021).

    Council’s construction for the City Levee is within the budgets initially set in May 2017.

    Council has not received NSW government funding for North Wagga Wagga flood works and diverted it elsewhere. To the contrary, Council is collecting a fund from Wagga ratepayers which is accumulating in a reserve for application to North Wagga flood mitigation works.

  • Flood Management Project Updates - August 2019

    2 days ago

    Wagga WaggaMajor Overland Flow Flood (MOFF) Risk Management Study and Plan

    WMAwater has progressed a number of further flood modification options, since the presentation made to the Committee at the meeting of 18 June 2019 with the focus being the following areas in the city domain:

    • Bolton Park – optimising and increasing basin storage by reducing the size of the existing pipe through the park
    • Minor road regrading and earthworks around Adjin Street at Maher Street, to direct runoff into the drainage line (and keep it there)
    • Redhill Road raising (possibly as part of Glenfield Road Upgrade)
    • Wren Street swale...

    Wagga WaggaMajor Overland Flow Flood (MOFF) Risk Management Study and Plan

    WMAwater has progressed a number of further flood modification options, since the presentation made to the Committee at the meeting of 18 June 2019 with the focus being the following areas in the city domain:

    • Bolton Park – optimising and increasing basin storage by reducing the size of the existing pipe through the park
    • Minor road regrading and earthworks around Adjin Street at Maher Street, to direct runoff into the drainage line (and keep it there)
    • Redhill Road raising (possibly as part of Glenfield Road Upgrade)
    • Wren Street swale drain
    • Incarnie Crescent – pipe regrading/ addition of new pipe
    • Improved basin function of Anderson Oval
    • Improve the Urana St basin function
    • Wollundry Lagoon Weir

    In addition, further refinements have been made to the Lake Albert Options presented at the last meeting. Moving forward, WMAwater will be looking at all the options and selecting the most effective ones to progress further.

    Given the topography, urbanisation and nature of overland flooding in Wagga, structural options tend to be most effective in a small, localised area rather than having far-reaching impacts across the city – it is unlikely that there will be ‘one option to rule them all’ in terms of reducing Wagga’s overland flood risk.

    Therefore, in the coming weeks WMAwater will be looking at bringing all the preferred options together into a single “MOFFRMS masterplan” that can be adopted and implemented as opportunities arise in the future. This, along with smart planning controls and response measures, will reduce Wagga Wagga’s overland flow flood risk over time. WMAwater aiming to be able to present this to the Committee at the 1 October 2019 meeting.


    Main City and North Wagga Levee

    The upgrade of the remaining 6km of levee between Gobbagombalin Bridge and Hammond Avenue is the second part of this lengthy and complex project. The aim is to provide a 1 in 100-year flood protection to the city for the first time.

    Stage 2 works involve the extension and reinforcement of existing concrete retaining walls and installation of capped sheet piles and extensive use of earthworks to raise the existing levee where possible.

    The sheetpiles between Cadell Place and Johnston Street have been installed, adjusted for height and capping of these piles has commenced. The concrete path from Wiradjuri bridge to Johnston St has been completed. The concrete wall extension around the Watermark complex has been completed.

    The carpark at Crampton Street has been reopened and the cribwall, stairs, footpath and DDA ramp completed with handrail installation to be completed shortly.

    The Narrung St bank is completed and only waiting for seeding to take place and the area along the dog track is on track for completion shortly. The Wiradjuri Walking Track will be completely closed for several months in this section from January 2019.

    The sheetpiles south of the Sturt Highway and along to Kooringal Road have been driven and levelled, the capping of these piles should commence shortly. The sheetpiles between the Riverina Water pedestrian bridge and the Sturt Highway have been driven and levelled, the capping of these piles should commence shortly.

    Earthworks between the Railway Viaduct and the Riverina Water pedestrian bridge has commenced and should be completed shortly.

    Residents and business operators affected by the works, or anyone interested in the Stage 2 levee project attended a community information session held on 30 May 2019.

    Council staff are working with the contractors to minimise disruptions as much as possible and thank residents and businesses for their cooperation throughout these works.

    There is effectively only 1600m of 9000m of levee still to be raised. The levee raising will be completed before the end of 2019 with ancillary works such as paths and capping to be completed early in 2020.

    The Stage 2 upgrade is scheduled to take approximately 14 months, weather dependant.


    Wagga Wagga Revised Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

    Updates to FRMS&P Mitigation Measures

    RE1: Improve Flood Warning System

    As stated at the previous meeting, Council has made a grant application to investigate options to improve our riverine flood warning system. We are awaiting response in relation to the application, which will most likely be towards the end of the year. Some preliminary research has been conducted by Council staff in anticipation of the funding application being approved. There are official BOM and Office of Water Apps available that will facilitate the implementation of an effective system that provides early warning to the entire community along the floodplain.

    R1: Improved Access to Oura

    Council staff are undertaking further investigations into this recommendation.

    R2: Improved Access to Gumly Gumly

    Council has staff have contacted and provided information to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in respect to this recommendation. RMS will investigate options to raise the Sturt Highway as part of their ongoing rehabilitation program.


    Wagga Wagga Villages Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

    Work has progressed on the study particularly in regard to mitigation modelling, with a view to releasing a draft final report by the end of August. For mitigation work (selection of options and optimisation of same) community representatives are being engaged with, as a pre-cursor to further community engagement during the public exhibition phase.

    It is anticipated that during the public exhibition phase the document will be made available on-line, in the public library and community meetings will be carried out with each village.

    The draft final report will be presented to the committee for review and endorsement at the 1 October 2019 committee meeting. Once finalised the Wagga Wagga Villages Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan will be reported to Council recommending it be placed on public exhibition.

    Attached for the committee’s reference is the June 2019 Project Management Office report showing the current status and timelines of this project.


    Flood Mitigation Option Feasibility Study for North Wagga & Floodplain Residents

    Options PR1 & L4B

    PR1: Undertake a feasibility study to investigate a Voluntary House Raising & Voluntary House Purchase Scheme in Wagga Wagga Study Area.

    L4B: Undertake a feasibility study to investigate North Wagga Levee Upgrade to 5% AEP level of protection WITH an equivalent upgrade to Hampden Avenue (as embankment) and conveyance improvements through Wilks Park.

    From WWCC, develop a third option as part of the study, a combination of the two measures (PR1 and L4B).

    Council has received grant funding from OEH to undertake the feasibility study of these three options. Council staff have completed the scoping document for this project and are working on the development of the brief. Given the nature of the options to be investigated as part of the study, there is a level of complexity that needs to be fully considered and understood to ensure practical outcomes from the study.

    The tender process needs to be finalised by the end of October 2019 to ensure the funding from OEH is utilised within the required timeframes

  • Applications for Humula and Mangoplah studies

    2 days ago

    A grant application has been submitted for Humula and Mangoplah Flood Studies and Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans.

    The flood study will produce information on flood levels, velocities, flows, hydraulic categrories and provisional hazard cattegories for a full range of flood events.

    A grant application has been submitted for Humula and Mangoplah Flood Studies and Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans.

    The flood study will produce information on flood levels, velocities, flows, hydraulic categrories and provisional hazard cattegories for a full range of flood events.

  • Village residents called on to share their experiences to help develop Tarcutta, Uranquinty & Ladysmith Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans

    3 months ago

    Residents of Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty are being asked to share their experiences of flooding in their area as the next stage of the Floodplain Risk Management Program gets underway.

    The NSW Government program consists of five stages to help councils make informed decisions about what measures are needed to reduce and manage flood risk.

    Flood studies for the three villages were completed in late 2014, which carried out detailed hydrologic and hydraulic computer modelling to define the range of possible floods that can occur in each village.

    Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans...

    Residents of Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty are being asked to share their experiences of flooding in their area as the next stage of the Floodplain Risk Management Program gets underway.

    The NSW Government program consists of five stages to help councils make informed decisions about what measures are needed to reduce and manage flood risk.

    Flood studies for the three villages were completed in late 2014, which carried out detailed hydrologic and hydraulic computer modelling to define the range of possible floods that can occur in each village.

    Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans for Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty are now being developed to help identify and recommend appropriate actions to manage flooding in these communities.

    “Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty each experienced severe flooding in the October 2010 and March 2012 floods that swept through the Murrumbidgee basin,” Wagga Wagga City Council’s Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said.

    “Many properties were flooded during the floods, with October 2010 causing more extensive damage and wider evacuation.

    “Flood Studies for these three villages were carried out in late 2014, with detailed hydrologic and hydraulic computer modelling to define the range of possible floods that can occur in each town.

    “The documents now being developed will make a detailed assessment of flood risk in each of the three villages and will include investigating a range of possible measures Council may use to reduce or manage flood risk in the towns.

    “We would like to hear your experiences of flooding to better understand how flooding occurs in these villages and what measures may improve the current flood situation.”

    Council has appointed flood engineering specialists GRC Hydro to complete the Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans.

    Residents are asked to complete the surveys by Friday 1 March 2019 to ensure their feedback can be included in the development of the documents.


  • Stage 2 levee works get underway

    3 months ago

    The second stage of Wagga Wagga’s Main City levee upgrade kicked off on 7 January 2019 with contractor Murray Constructions establishing work compounds and installing site fencing.

    Wagga Wagga City Council, Senior Project Manager Darryl Woods, said Stage 2 involves the upgrade of 6.1km of the levee bank, stretching from Gobbagombalin Bridge to Copeland Street.

    “Due to the complexity and size of the project the contractor will split the work into phases, with the first section to be undertaken between Wiradjuri Bridge and Johnson Street.

    “The first phase involves the extension of the existing...

    The second stage of Wagga Wagga’s Main City levee upgrade kicked off on 7 January 2019 with contractor Murray Constructions establishing work compounds and installing site fencing.

    Wagga Wagga City Council, Senior Project Manager Darryl Woods, said Stage 2 involves the upgrade of 6.1km of the levee bank, stretching from Gobbagombalin Bridge to Copeland Street.

    “Due to the complexity and size of the project the contractor will split the work into phases, with the first section to be undertaken between Wiradjuri Bridge and Johnson Street.

    “The first phase involves the extension of the existing concrete retaining walls in Cadell Place and the installation of capped sheet piles into the earth levee from Cadell Place wall to Johnson St.

    “Activity this week included the set-up of work site compounds in a section of the Wagga Wagga Beach carpark and the Wagga Wagga City Council carpark on the corner of Fitzmaurice and Crampton Streets.

    “For safety reasons the Wiradjuri walking track from Wiradjuri Bridge to Johnson Street will be fenced and closed from Monday 14th January while works are underway. This includes the upper levee track and lower riverside pathway,” he said.

    Motorists are advised there are changes to timed parking in Crampton St and Fitzmaurice Streets. There is no change to access to Wagga Beach.

    Residents, businesses and motorists are advised to be aware of increased heavy vehicle movements in the area.

    To stay up to date on the levee upgrade, visit the project diary.
  • Funding to support full flood study

    3 months ago

    Floodplain residents will be better protected from flood risks in North Wagga Wagga thanks to a $156,000 grant from the NSW Government, announced on 7 December 2018.

    Wagga Wagga City Council has welcomed the grant that will fund a feasibility study on how best to protect residents exposed to risk from the Wagga floodplain.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey OAM said Council welcomes the funding and will continue consultation with residents about flood protection.

    “The funding is timely as Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade project nears completion and Stage...

    Floodplain residents will be better protected from flood risks in North Wagga Wagga thanks to a $156,000 grant from the NSW Government, announced on 7 December 2018.

    Wagga Wagga City Council has welcomed the grant that will fund a feasibility study on how best to protect residents exposed to risk from the Wagga floodplain.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey OAM said Council welcomes the funding and will continue consultation with residents about flood protection.

    “The funding is timely as Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade project nears completion and Stage 2 works are scheduled to start on 7 January 2018,” Cr Conkey said.

    Wagga Wagga-based MLC, Wes Fang, said recent storm and flash flooding activity across the south of the state shows the need to prepare the community now for future weather events.

    “This funding allows council to better understand local needs and create a safer community into the future,” Mr Fang said.

    “Ultimately, this means we’ll all have a better understanding of the potential risks so mitigation plans can be developed and at the ready should the worst happen.

    “With summer now underway, this is a timely opportunity to fortify our future by protecting local residents, properties and infrastructure moving forward.”

    The Government has provided $1.8 million in 2018-2019 to fund a number of projects, including the study for Wagga Wagga City Council, as part of the Floodplain Grants Scheme.

    Further information is available via http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/Floodgrants.htm


  • Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan adopted

    3 months ago

    Wagga Wagga City Council has resolved to adopt the Wagga Wagga Revised Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan at the 26 March 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting.

    The Draft Wagga Wagga Revised Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan was amended following submissions received during the Public Exhibition period that ran from 24 October 2017 to 6 December 2017.

    During the public exhibition period, Council received 439 submissions, including:

    · 397 submissions - Proforma

    · 29 submissions - Individual

    · 13 submissions – Online

    “We would like to thank everyone who went to the effort of attending a drop-in session to learn...

    Wagga Wagga City Council has resolved to adopt the Wagga Wagga Revised Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan at the 26 March 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting.

    The Draft Wagga Wagga Revised Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan was amended following submissions received during the Public Exhibition period that ran from 24 October 2017 to 6 December 2017.

    During the public exhibition period, Council received 439 submissions, including:

    · 397 submissions - Proforma

    · 29 submissions - Individual

    · 13 submissions – Online

    “We would like to thank everyone who went to the effort of attending a drop-in session to learn more about the study and plan and everyone who took the time to make a submission,” Mayor of City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.

    “This is one of Council’s most important documents and we look forward to progressing with the recommended floodplain risk management measures.”

    The Wagga Wagga Revised Floodplain Risk Management Study includes a full assessment of the existing flood risk in the catchment, including flood hazard across the study area, overfloor flooding of residential, commercial and industrial properties, identification of known flooding issues and hotspots, and emergency response during a flood event.

    The study also assesses various measures aimed at managing this flood risk against a range of criteria, and from this assessment the Revised Floodplain Risk Management Plan recommends risk management measures.

    Council will now make an application under the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program to undertake a North Wagga Flood Mitigation Options Feasibility Study.

    The feasibility study will investigate and compare the Voluntary House Raising & Voluntary Purchase Scheme, with the North Wagga Levee Upgrade to a 5% AEP level of protection. It will also assess the feasibility of a combined approach of both the levee upgrade and the voluntary house raising and purchasing.


  • Have your say on draft revised Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

    almost 2 years ago

    Residents are invited to have their say on the draft revised Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    The draft revised study and plan investigates potential mitigation options for flooding from the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga, and, makes recommendations on how the city should manage flood risks into the future.

    The study area modelled for the draft revised study and plan stretches from 5km upstream of Oura to Malebo Gap downstream – a total river length of 63km.

    Last night Councillors resolved to place the draft revised study and plan on public exhibition from today until November 21...

    Residents are invited to have their say on the draft revised Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    The draft revised study and plan investigates potential mitigation options for flooding from the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga, and, makes recommendations on how the city should manage flood risks into the future.

    The study area modelled for the draft revised study and plan stretches from 5km upstream of Oura to Malebo Gap downstream – a total river length of 63km.

    Last night Councillors resolved to place the draft revised study and plan on public exhibition from today until November 21 2017, and invite public submissions on the draft document.

    Residents can view the draft document and make a submission at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/waggafloodplain

    “Wagga Wagga is a community that lives and works on a floodplain, so it’s vitally important we are managing flood risks now and into the future,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.

    “The last Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for Wagga Wagga was completed in 2009. Since this time there has been two moderate flood events at Wagga, in 2010 and 2012, and a minor event last year.

    “As well as gaining vital information from these events, there has also been major advancements in flood modelling technology, allowing a much larger area to be modelled to a greater degree of accuracy.

    “A Detailed Flood Model Revision was conducted in 2014, and this draft revised document follows on from this information.”

    Recommendations in the revised study and plan have been put forward by the Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee.

    The committee is made up of voting members, including community members and Councillors, and non-voting members, including third-party organisations and Council staff.

    The recommendations have been developed through advice, studies and analysis put forward by flood and water management specialists from WMA Water.

    What has the Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee recommended?

    Two major options that have been recommended for inclusion in the revised study and plan are to:

    · Complete a feasibility study to investigate a Voluntary House Raising and Voluntary Purchase Scheme for the Wagga Wagga study area

    · Complete a feasibility study to further investigate an upgrade of North Wagga Levee to 1 in 20 year level of protection with access upgrade to Hampden Avenue and conveyance improvements through Wilks Park.

    “It has been proposed to complete feasibility studies together for both options to determine if either option is practical and appropriate, and which option is preferred,” Cr Conkey said.

    “It is important to remember that these recommendations are not final. There are still a number of processes to follow before anything is implemented or any works are carried out.”

    Other flood mitigation measures recommended for inclusion in the revised study and plan include:

    · Long-term infrastructure upgrades to improve access between Wagga Wagga, Oura and Gumly Gumly via Oura Road, Wiradjuri Bridge and the Sturt Highway

    · Targeted vegetation management activities

    · Improved flood response strategies

    · Flood-related planning policies

    Detailed information on each of the options being recommended are available in the draft Study and Plan at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/waggafloodplain

    Have your say

    A series of community pop-in sessions will be held during the public exhibition period. These sessions will include displays and information about the draft revised Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for community members to further understand the study, plan and recommendations being put forward for inclusion.

    “I strongly encourage residents within the Wagga Wagga floodplain area to attend one of the pop-in sessions, meet with members of the project team and have any questions they have about the draft revised study and plan clarified,” Cr Conkey said.

    “Anyone can make a public submission, and as per the recommendation put to the Council on Monday, Council staff will also be making a formal submission in response to the draft documentation.

    “On conclusion of the exhibition period, all submissions will be considered in the final study and plan, which will be presented back to Council in the coming months.”

    The sessions will start in November, dates and locations of these sessions will be advertised soon. In addition to these sessions, the draft revised study and plan is available now online at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/waggafloodplain

    Flood management – what else is happening in the Local Government Area?

    Flood management affects all Wagga Wagga residents, and, Wagga Wagga City Council is committed to working towards long-term actions and conversations with the community about all aspects of flood management.

    In addition to the draft revised Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan, the following flood management projects and studies are either underway or in progress:

    · Stage 1 Main City Levee upgrade – www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/levee

    · Stage two of the Wagga Wagga Major Overland Flow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

    · Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plans for Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty. Funding for these individual studies was successful received through the Floodplain Grants Scheme in August 2017






  • Stage 1 Main City Levee upgrade moves from concept to construction

    almost 2 years ago

    Published: 4 October

    Wagga Wagga residents will start to see work on the first stage of the Main City Levee upgrade from next week.

    Crews from Central West Civil, who are delivering stage 1, started site preparation yesterday.

    In preparation for the heavy equipment to move in, on-site works this week include surveying and setting out of the works and installing temporary fences associated with the works.

    “Having crews on site officially moves this vitally important project from concept to construction,” Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said.

    “While, it might not look like much to start with, by mid-October residents...

    Published: 4 October

    Wagga Wagga residents will start to see work on the first stage of the Main City Levee upgrade from next week.

    Crews from Central West Civil, who are delivering stage 1, started site preparation yesterday.

    In preparation for the heavy equipment to move in, on-site works this week include surveying and setting out of the works and installing temporary fences associated with the works.

    “Having crews on site officially moves this vitally important project from concept to construction,” Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said.

    “While, it might not look like much to start with, by mid-October residents will start to notice the heavy machinery on site, working away on the upgrade.”

    Senior Project Manager Darryl Woods said upgrading the levee was a major project and some disruptions will be experienced during the works.

    “To make way for the levee upgrade, some sections of the Wiradjuri Walking Track will be closed for a period of time with detours and signs in place,” Mr Woods said.

    “Council and Central West Civil will aim to ensure any disruptions are kept to a minimum and we thank the community for their cooperation during the delivery of the levee upgrade.”

    Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade is being delivered in two stages, starting at Flowerdale and working around to Wiradjuri Bridge before moving on to Copland Street and working south to the Kooringal Road Monumental Cemetery.

    Both sections consists of embankment levee earthen works and the construction of two concrete spillways, one at Flowerdale and the other upstream from Copland Street.

    Stage 1 is expected to be complete by April 2018.


    The Main City Levee upgrade has had to go through a thorough and considered process to reach construction. This process included many studies, designs, securing funding sources and extensive community input and feedback.

    What will residents see during construction?

    During the first week of construction residents will see temporary fences erected and various preparation works completed. By mid-October machinery, such as graders, diggers and trucks, will be working on site.

    The stage 1 upgrade works include removing the existing topsoil and grass, shaping and scraping the existing levee to allow room for the new material and compacting the new levee to the required standards.

    The slope and shape of the levee is designed to minimise erosion and will be finished off with a decomposed granite surface allowing for all-weather access and reducing moisture entry into the clay bank.

    In total, machinery will move 25,000 cubic metres of clay, topsoil and granite as part of the stage 1 upgrade of the levee.

    Will there be any interruptions during construction?

    During construction of the levee upgrade some sections of the Wiradjuri Walking Track, which runs alongside the Murrumbidgee River, will be subject to temporary closures.

    These closures are to allow for the safe construction of the levee upgrade.

    Closures of the walking track associated with the Main City Levee upgrade are:

    · Flowerdale Lagoon – closed for duration of project (October 2017 – April 2018)

    · Copland Street/Kooringal Road roundabout to Monumental Cemetery – closed from 1 November 2017 to February 2018

    All dates are subject to weather and works and any additional interruptions will be advertised accordingly.

    What about Stage 2?

    Stage 2 of the Main City Levee upgrade, pending tender process, is expected to start in April 2018 and be complete by the end of that year.

    Stage 2 will comprise of predominately capped sheet piles that will protrude from the earth levee running the length of the Cadell Place wall (parallel to Fitzmaurice Street) to Johnson Street, then from, Riverina Playhouse to Hammond Avenue. In addition to the sheet piling, raising and extending the existing concrete retaining walls along Cadell Place and behind Watermark apartments, will also be part of this stage.

    Want more?

    More information on the Main City Levee upgrade is available at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/levee



  • Signed, sealed, ready to be delivered: contracts exchanged and start date announced for stage 1 of levee upgrade

    about 2 years ago

    Work on upgrading one of the city’s most vital pieces of infrastructure will start on 3 October.

    The official start date was announced today and coincided with the signing and exchange of contracts for the first stage of the Main City Levee upgrade.

    Bathurst-based company Central West Civil will undertake the stage 1 works, which will take about six months to complete.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM, Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Robert Knight, Council project managers and Central West Civil General Manager Simon Withers were on the levee today for the signing...

    Work on upgrading one of the city’s most vital pieces of infrastructure will start on 3 October.

    The official start date was announced today and coincided with the signing and exchange of contracts for the first stage of the Main City Levee upgrade.

    Bathurst-based company Central West Civil will undertake the stage 1 works, which will take about six months to complete.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM, Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Robert Knight, Council project managers and Central West Civil General Manager Simon Withers were on the levee today for the signing and exchange.

    “Today’s announcement is a huge milestone in the delivery of this important project for the city,” General Manager Robert Knight said.

    “The upgrade of the levee is a high priority for Council and the community, however, a thorough and considered process, involving many voices, had to be followed before we could get to this construction stage. This included community consultation, studies, designs and seeking funding sources.

    “The project is now in a position where all parties are confident that what is built will be the best for the Wagga Wagga community.”

    Cr Conkey said the levee upgrade has many benefits for the local community.

    “We’ve had to follow an extensive process, and the community will be pleased to learn that construction of the first stage of the levee is now just weeks away,” Cr Conkey said.

    “This project is a great example of what can be achieved when all levels of government work together. The levee upgrade helps safeguard our community and boosts confidence in the local economy to drive further investment.”

    Read the full update here.

    Keep an eye on the levee upgrade project here.