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Flood information at your fingertips

By Jamie Salter

Information to help with land-use planning, flood preparedness and flood insurance is now available for 14 communities across the Goulburn Broken region via a new online portal.

Goulburn Broken CMA’s Guy Tierney said the main aim of the portal was to improve communities’ flood resilience.

“Users can navigate to points of interest, interrogate a range of flood maps showing different magnitudes of flooding or by gauge heights, or search by address and generate a property flood information report based on the latest available data,” Mr Tierney said.

The communities included on the portal are Shepparton, Mooroopna, Numurkah, Nagambie, Benalla, Tatura, Murchison, Merrigum, Euroa, Violet Town, Buxton, Taggerty, Marysville and the Acheron Valley.

“These sites were chosen because of the rich amount of flood information we have for them obtained from detailed flood studies carried out over the years,” Mr Tierney said.

“As flood studies are completed and updated and information becomes available about other communities, links will be added to the portal.”

Mr Tierney said the portal would be helpful to property developers, insurance brokers and people wanting to buy or build a new home in these areas.

The free portal includes a user guide, glossary and an interactive map and was developed using the HydroNET platform, which provides 4000 water and weather professionals in 12 countries with online water management solutions.

The Goulburn Broken Community Flood Intelligence Portal was developed in collaboration with the Greater Shepparton City, Benalla Rural City, Moira Shire and Strathbogie Shire councils.

The portal can be found at: gbcma.floodreport.com.au or via the councils’ and CMA’s websites.