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Community Consultation Outcomes Report - Review of Urban Stormwater Drainage System

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Singleton Council has engaged Cardno to review Singleton area’s urban stormwater drainage systems.

The purpose of the study is to develop an understanding of existing flooding and water quality issues in the area, identify potential problem areas and develop management strategies to reduce the impact of flooding and water quality issues on the community and environment.

We would appreciate your input to the study. In particular, we would like to gain an appreciation of your understanding of flooding and water quality issues in the area and what you see to be the key stormwater management strategies.

Council developed the Urban Stormwater Management Plan (USMP) for the Singleton Township which was adopted in 2003. The USMP aimed to improve the stormwater systems of Singleton by addressing specific issues such as water quality, localised flooding and river health. It identified practical short and long-term solutions to mitigate the impacts of urban stormwater discharges on the community and the environment.

Since the adoption of Urban Stormwater Management Plan, Singleton has seen a steady growth in development. Portions of the areas surrounding the township of Singleton are located in flood prone land and in times of higher rainfall a risk of localised flooding particularly within the road reserves have been identified.

Council has therefore decided to undertake this review with a view to address localised flooding and water quality issues. The review will plan for infrastructure in order to achieve outcomes in the USMP.

Study area
The study focuses on the Singleton Township, which includes the central business district (CBD) and the suburbs of Dunolly, Singleton Heights, Hunterview and Maison Dieu.

The Hunter River flows through the township in a northerly direction and stormwater from the catchment eventually discharges into the Hunter River. The Central Business District of Singleton is situated on the eastern side of the river. Residential areas and semi-rural land use areas are located on the western side of the river.

Study objectives
The objectives of the study are to:
  • Investigate flooding behaviour and water quality issues in the Study Area;
  • Identify an appropriate mix of management measures and strategies to effectively manage stormwater in the future; and
  • Involve the community in the study through an effective public participation and consultation program.

Known flooding issues
Flooding is a nature driven event that poses risk to human lives, services, goods and properties. Flooding can occur both from local catchment flows from rainfall events, as well as from elevated water levels in Hunter River due to high rainfall events in the region.

Localised flooding issues have been identified from resident submission to council in the following areas:
  • Kelso Street at the intersection of Edward Street;
  • New England Highway between Waddles Lane and Kelso Street;
  • Raworth Street; and
  • Dangar Road.

Council recognises the important role that community consultation will have in this study. Council’s goal for community consultation is to inform the community about the study, identify community concerns and attitudes, gather information and ideas from the community, and develop and maintain community confidence in the study results.

You will have opportunities to comment on the direction of the project through community workshops conducted by Council and Cardno, and during the public exhibition period of the Draft Study Report.

Any comments received during the workshops and public exhibition will be taken into account before finalisation of the study report.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290