Tabulam Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan

Kyogle Council is currently undertaking the Tabulam Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan with consultants Jacobs and in consultation with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The village of Tabulam is situated on the upper Clarence River at the junction with its tributary, the Tabulam Rivulet. The largest floods in recent history affecting the village and surrounding areas occurred in February 1976 and January 2011, with eight houses and a number of residents evacuated in the 2011 flood. These events also resulted in flooding of numerous causeways and low level bridges in addition to damage to roads, causing a number of roads to be closed.

The study aims to firstly define the flooding behaviour in the Clarence River and its tributaries at Tabulam and the flood risk that it poses to the community. The proposed Bruxner Highway bridge replacement at Tabulam will be considered in the flooding assessment.

The study will then identify and assess potential flood mitigations measures to address the existing and future flood risk for Tabulam. Options such as land use planning, community awareness, flood warning and infrastructure changes and upgrades will all be investigated. Outcomes from the study will assist Council to implement works and measures to manage the impact of flooding and guide strategic planning for future development of the area.

Community consultation is being undertaken as a part of this study and includes a community survey on views on floodplain risk management. The survey is available for collection from Tabulam Post Office and from Council’s website at this link – https://www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au/tabulam-survey/

Some of the most important information for the study is collected from residents and local business operators in Tabulam. We would be very interested to receive records of flooding in the area including photographs, observations of flooding or some comments on your experience and views on managing flood impacts in and around the village. You can help us with this information by completing and returning the community survey by 23 March 2018.

The study is expected to run until early 2019.

For further information on this study contact Matt Sorenson at Kyogle Council on (02) 6632 1611.