Have your say on the Draft Cranebrook Flood Study

Tuesday, 18 April 2023

Penrith City Council is calling for residents to have their say on the Draft Cranebrook Overland Flow Flood Study, on public exhibition from Thursday 6 April to Friday 5 May 2023.

The flood study includes the suburbs of Cranebrook, Northern Penrith and parts of Castlereagh and Cambridge Gardens - bounded by the Nepean River and Penrith Lakes in the west, the Western Railway Line in the south and The Northern Road in the east.

The flood study aims to establish the local overland flood behaviour, identify flood problems and inform future risk management planning.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said Council is committed to building a safer, stronger and more resilient region by improving flood risk management.

“Community consultation is an important part of Council's local flood planning. Resident feedback to the Draft Cranebrook Flood Study is invaluable so that we can better understand, plan for and manage the risk of flooding across the catchment,” Cr Hitchen said.

“Our transparent approach is designed to make sure that residents are fully informed about the nature and extent of potential flooding that may happen in their area,” she said.

Council is currently undertaking several flood studies in line with its city-wide Floodplain Risk Management program. The Draft Cranebrook Overland Flow Flood Study was prepared by engineering consultants Lyall & Associates and overseen by the Penrith City Floodplain Management Committee which includes councillors, Council staff, Penrith community members, representatives from neighbouring councils, the State Emergency Services, the Department of Planning and Environment, and Infrastructure NSW.

A community information session and viewing of the draft study will be held on Thursday 20 April from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cranebrook Neighbourhood Centre, 17-35 Hoskings Street, Cranebrook. Council staff and consultants will be available to assist with any questions.

Residents can view the draft study via the Your Say Penrith website, or in person at the Penrith Civic Centre, and the Penrith and St Marys Libraries. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 5 May 2023.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 18 April 2023.