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We have engaged consultants to undertake a feasibility study for a levee for the Taree central business district.

The feasibility study will provide Council and the community with options to reduce the impact of flood events.

The feasibility study will:

  • explore various levee design options, considering heritage and environmental factors
  • consider the benefit, aesthetic impacts, costs, flood impacts and community support for each option
  • assess the need for stormwater drainage upgrades.

The community will be able to provide feedback on the options in early 2023.


Taree has a long history of flooding, with the largest flood recorded in 1929. Large flood events have occurred in 1978, 1990, 2011 and 2013, with the largest recent event in March 2021.

The area between Commerce Street and Pulteney Street is low-lying and impacted by flooding.

Council updated the Manning River Flood Study in 2015 to reduce the potential impacts of flooding on our community. Locals provided valuable input, sharing their experiences of flooding in the area.

In 2020, Council completed a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for the Manning River. This study identified the need to consider a levee for the Taree central business district.

You can view both these studies in our document library below on this page.

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  • Timeline item 1 - active

    October – December 2022

    Consultants prepare feasibility study

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    December 2022

    Council receives the feasibility study report

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    January – March 2023

    Community engagement on flood levee options

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    April – July 2023

    Council decision on flood levee option

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