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Alice Springs Flood Mitigation Committee established to develop flood mitigation initiatives

The NT Government today announced the establishment of the Alice Springs Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee (ASFMAC) and the release of updated flood mapping for the area.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said a comprehensive local approach to flooding solutions was needed to tackle and manage the flooding hazard risk.

"That's why we've chosen Damien Ryan, Michael Sitzler, Rod Cramer, Russell Lynch, Ken Lechleitner and Jimmy Cocking to form the ASFMAC," he said.

"The ASFMAC will be tasked with designing a plan for the future infrastructure projects required to reduce the flood risk in Alice Springs.

"This committee follows on from the successful development of flood mitigation strategies by the Darwin and Katherine Flood Mitigation Advisory Committees, and ASFMAC will provide the same approach to develop and implement flood mitigation initiatives.

"Its work will also be complemented by the improved accuracy and reach of the updated flood mapping."

"The updated mapping has been prepared using an improved digital elevation model that has extended coverage to include the rural residential areas south of Heavitree Gap," Mr Tollner said.

"The detailed flood level mapping will assist the community and decision-makers to avoid or minimise risks associated with inundation before a flood emergency arises.

"A broader strategic plan for flood mitigation will take into account the flood immunity works already underway, including the Sadadeen Connector Road, Mt John's Valley flood access and studies into the Stuart Highway duplication through Heavitree Gap."

The first meeting of the ASFMAC will take place on 1 March.

ASFMAC will then provide its recommendations to Government on measures to reduce the risk of flood events, including the risk to public safety.

"Funding for flood mitigation works will be determined once the ASFMAC has finalised its recommendations," Mr Giles said.

"Ultimately we need to lessen the impact of flooding in the Alice Springs area and I look forward to hearing the recommendations that will be put forward by the ASFMAC."

To obtain a copy of the new flood maps go to www.nt.gov.au/floods

For any technical information regarding the new mapping, please contact the Department of Land Resource Management on 08 8999 4455 or email waterresources@nt.gov.au

For planning or building-related queries, please contact the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment on 08 8951 9200 or email das.dlpe@nt.gov.au

Media Contact:

Chief Minister – Scott Whitby, 0438 531 583

Minister Tollner – Marnie Hobson, 0409 527 909