New guide strengthens local government disaster response

Published: 14 Dec 2021


A new planning guide will help NSW communities to uphold their safety and resilience during natural disasters.

A man walking through flood waters while holding his dog.

The NSW Government launched the Strategic Guide to Planning for Natural Hazards in NSW, for local councils to consider potential natural disaster risks more effectively in the early stages of their planning processes.

Community consultation helped to finalise the guide, which:

  • Identifies natural hazards councils should consider in development applications, or proposals to change planning rules.
  • Explains key concepts related to natural hazard risk management.
  • Discusses the connection to existing policies, acts, regulations, guidelines, and responsibilities.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the guide will help make sure NSW homes and businesses are built in the right places, to help protect against the destruction of natural disasters.

“The impacts of climate change are already being felt in Australia with fire, drought and floods having devastating impacts on people, homes and businesses,” Mr Stokes said.

“It is about planning for the future and minimising the impacts of natural disasters.”

Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said the guide builds on a suite of work that has already been done to help councils and other planning authorities plan for natural hazards.

“Our emergency service personnel are ready to respond to natural disasters, but they need every council to be equally prepared,” Mr Elliott said.

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