This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 13 February 2019 to 15 April 2019. Below is a record of the consultation process.
Have your say on how dams and levee banks are managed to reduce the impacts of floods and share your priorities for improving flood management in South Australia.
What is being decided?
During the 2016 floods, a significant number of dams across South Australia failed or got very close to failing. Levee bank failure along the Gawler River near Virginia contributed to the region's horticultural crops flooding. The total cost of the floods was around $70 million in damages to the state's agriculture and local government infrastructure.
We want your help to shape an improved statewide approach to how dams and levee banks are managed to reduce the impacts of floods in South Australia. We are also interested in your thoughts about other priorities for improved flood management in South Australia.
Read the following discussion papers and tell us what you think.
- Improving Levee Bank Management in South Australia
- Improving Dam Management in South Australia
- Priorities for improved flood management in South Australia
These draft discussion papers were developed following an independent review of the extreme weather event in 2016, and have been developed with input from Australian, state and local government agencies.
To give your feedback:
How can your input influence the decision?
Your feedback will help improve levee bank and dam management in South Australia, reducing the economic, social and environmental costs of flood. It will also shape other priority issues to be addressed when improving flood management in South Australia.
A summary of feedback received will be published on the YourSAy website in mid 2019.
The levee bank and dam management frameworks will then be finalised, as well as the list of other priority issues to be addressed to improve flood management in South Australia. We aim to begin delivering improvements to levee bank and dam management, as well as the other priority flood management issues, in the second half of 2019.
For more information contact:
Manager, Flood Management
Department for Environment and Water