Bellingen Shire communities to benefit from improved Flood Monitoring Infrastructure

Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Dominic King is delighted with today’s announcement from Minister for Racing Paul Toole and Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey of $65,000 in funding for remote flood monitoring infrastructure.

The funding results from a recent application to the NSW ClubGrants Category 3 Fund under a 50:50 arrangement.

The aim of the project is to provide live CCTV streaming via Council's website of the most vulnerable bridges during flood events.

Mayor King said, “The timely distribution of information regarding bridges and roads during floods and major storm events will increase awareness and reduce risk to our community. Residents and businesses will be able to make better informed decisions about their safety while supporting the capabilities for disaster resilience”.

Deputy General Manager Operations, Matt Fanning explained that “the project will provide information to the MyRoad Info website which is the main source site for road condition/closure information during major disaster events”.

Other outcomes the project will aim to deliver include:

  • publishing public information and warnings to the community;
  • assists emergency services with information and content to prioritise and track high risk areas;
  • increased education and awareness during emergency situations; and
  • better management of the risk to the community by the timely closure of roads and bridges during floods and major storm events.

The Bellingen Shire has seen 15 declared natural disasters since 2001 along with numerous other major storm events. The benefits the project extends beyond the local community, emergency services and Council extending to other road travellers, tourists and visitors.

“The project will feed into the Bellingen MyRoad Info website that, during the March 2017 flood, saw the MyRoad Info App installed approximately 800 times, viewed approximately 8,500 times with more than 16,000 clicks on the weblink. This demonstrates that there is a need for accurate and timely information such as that which the project will deliver,” added Mr Fanning.

It is estimated that the project will be operational later in 2018.