Informal Community Consultation Session

Monday 16 June 2014 - 4pm to 7pm

Town Hall, Sturt Street, Ballarat 



If you have any queries about the flood investigation or the survey, please contact Corangamite CMA on 5232 9100 or


The City of Ballarat and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (Corangamite CMA) engaged Water Technology to undertake a detailed flood investigation of the Canadian Creek Tributaries. The CMA has received a large number of infill development proposals in this study area. Lack of flood level and extent data has made assessment of these proposals difficult and time consuming. Council does not have any planning controls for flooding in the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

The investigation has produced detailed flood mapping and other information that will assist planning and emergency response activities in the future. The flood study establishes the potential flood risk in the area, along with providing important information to emergency response workers. Knowledge of likely flood damages is also a prerequisite for the funding of any future flood mitigation works or further flood investigations.

The draft flood study and proposed planning scheme maps have been completed, which indicate which properties will be proposed to be included within flood overlay controls. The flood information produced through this Investigation will inform land use planning (including flood control overlays) and flood response and will be subject to careful scrutiny by the community and government.

Study Area

The tributaries of Canadian Creek include Specimen Vale Creek (608ha catchment area), Warrenheip Gully (234ha catchment area), Pennyweight Creek (301ha catchment area) and Lal Lal Drain. The residential areas of Eureka, Ballarat East and Canadian are included within the study area, along with vast areas of publicly owned forest.


Flooding has occurred within the Canadian Creek Catchment on numerous occasions since
settlement of Ballarat in the 1850’s.  The consequences of flooding last century were more serious than that of this century, with several lives being lost in the lower reaches of the creek. In more recent times, isolated flood events have impacted on some properties.

Draft flood planning overlays

Canadian Draft Flood Planning Overlay Map

The light blue indicates the 1 in 100 year flood extent, the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay areas (LSIO).

The dark blue indicates the higher hazard, Floodway Overlay areas (FO).

Informal Community Consultation

An informal community consultation session will now be held on Monday 16 June, 2014 to present the flood study information and proposed land use planning controls. This will be an open house session from 4-7pm in the Town Hall, Sturt Street, Ballarat. During this time, residents and interested persons are invited to drop-in and view the results of the flood study. The consultants, Council and CMA staff will also be available to talk one-on-one
about the study and possible future outcomes.

Next Steps

Following the informal consultation session, a report will be presented to Council to request that an amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme now be undertaken, in order to introduce land use planning controls to flood affected properties in Ballarat East and the surrounding areas. Through this process there will be a future opportunity to provide comment on the proposed controls, during a formal public exhibition time.