In 2017, the Elster Creek Working Group was formed to manage the flooding in the Elster Creek Catchment area. The working group comprises: City of Port Philip, Bayside City Council, City of Glen Eira, City of Kingston and Melbourne Water.
The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that laid out a commitment of cooperation between municipalities affected by the flooding in the Elster Creek catchment area and Melbourne Water to work together and manage flooding in the entire catchment area regardless of municipal boundaries.
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The Elster Creek Catchment Action Plan
The Working Group's Action Plan includes:
- reviewing all options to reduce flooding
- preparing for floods
- developing a way for our communities to provide real-time information during and after a flood event
- communicating with our communities about flooding
- responding after a flood.
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The City of Port Phillip website will track the Action Plan for the entirety of the project. For updates visit: Elster Creek Catchment Action Plan where you can also subscribe to receive regular updates.
Elster Creek community engagement
A Community Reference Group will be formed in June 2018 comprising residents of Bayside, Glen Eira, Port Phillip Local Government Areas (LGAs) to provide a link between the communities affected by flooding and the Elster Creek Working Group.
Community Forum feedback
An initial forum on flood management in the Elster Creek Catchment was held in October 2017. The forum was attended by community and council representatives including business owners, members of the SES and Emergency Management Victoria.
Feedback received from the forum called for the Action Plan to include:
- actions that will reduce or stop flooding
- the inclusion of community members on the Working Group
- review the wording in key principles
- ways to help the community to be better prepared and informed
- flood mitigation proposed by community members
- improvements in flood response
- improved coordination between government organisations
- improved planning requirements
- consideration of the real cost of flooding