More than 100 Suburban Homes with Reduced Flood Impacts

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government has today notified more than 103 property owners in the Rapid Creek catchment area of their reduced impacts to flooding, following the release of updated flood mapping.

Due to work being undertaken and completed in 2019 at the Rapid Creek Catchment and stormwater detention basin there is now a reduced impact of flood for many Territory families.

Combined with other flood mitigation measures, the new detention basin will significantly reduce the impact of flooding on downstream properties, including:

  • 45 properties that are no longer on the Rapid Creek flood map; and
  • 58 properties that are no longer on the Darwin Storm Surge primary flood extent map.

Updated flood mapping was undertaken by the Territory Government in the Rapid Creek catchment using improved data and topography.

We have also introduced a streamlined process to reduce the administrative and financial burden of rezoning a property owner’s land under the Rapid Creek Flood Response Overlay, which includes waiving the application fee for a planning scheme amendment.

This is aimed to encourage eligible landowners that remain flood impacted (post detention basin) to redevelop their land to above the flood level, to reduce the risk and susceptibility of properties to flood and storm surge.

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