Flood management, let’s plan together

With the impacts of climate change on our environment it is expected that Banyule, as with all of Melbourne, will experience less regular but more intense rainfall and storm events that result in increased risk of flooding.

Managing property and drainage infrastructure is essential to minimising flooding risks and potential property damage. We would like you to complete a short survey that will help our future planning.

Survey is now closed. Thanks for your responses. We received over 2000 pieces of feedback. We are now looking at all the results and will provide more information on what we heard on this page.

What is flooding?

Flooding happens for a number of reasons and impacts on individuals and communities in different ways. In an area like Banyule, problematic flooding happens when the amount of rain is too much for the drainage system to handle and storm water overflows onto land. Learn more about local flooding issues by reading an information sheet from Melbourne Water.

How we deal with flooding

Flood management throughout Banyule is a joint responsibility between Melbourne Water and Council.

  • Melbourne Water look after large catchment areas and some drains, pits and pipes
  • Council look after all other drains, pits and pipes

Council supports the drainage network by:

On the ground works:

  • cleaning
  • repairs
  • stormwater collection & reuse

Planning and carrying out upgrades including:

  • flood modelling
  • capacity reviews
  • building new infrastructure and replacing existing infrastructure

Influencing change on private property including:

  • keeping clear paths for storm water flow
  • stormwater collection and discharge into the drainage network
  • floor level designs above flood level as part of building and planning permits

Flooding advice including:

  • during property sales
  • to existing property owners

Assisting with emergencies

  • Supporting the work of the SES and assisting with clean up

What you can do

You play an equally important role in dealing with flooding. Being prepared is key to managing the risk of damage to your property.

Practical steps you can take include:

  • Install a good drain system on your property and keep it well maintained
  • Install rain water tanks and capture and reuse water on site
  • Reduce hard surfaces around your property
  • Do not place items or build things on known stormwater overland paths
  • Let Council know if stormwater pits are blocked
  • Pay attention to flood warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Get regular localised updates via the emergency.vic.gov.au website

During a flood storm emergency remember to contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500 for assistance.