The NSW Government is delivering the Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities - Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy (the Flood Strategy). As part of the Flood Strategy, Transport for NSW have identified more than 100 infrastructure improvements at key low points of the flood evacuation road network in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
The Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley has the highest flood exposure in NSW due to its unique landscape and large existing population. Floods in the valley can have a significant impact on people’s lives, livelihoods and homes.
The NSW Government is delivering the Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities - Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy (the Flood Strategy) to reduce and manage the risk of flooding in the region – now and into the future.
Transport for NSW has an important role in leading road and transport outcomes in the Flood Strategy. Due to the potential depth, extent and duration of floods in the valley, mass evacuation during flooding is critical to reduce the risk to life.
The Flood Strategy outcomes being led by Transport include:
- coordinating the development of a regional evacuation model that identifies the flood evacuation capacity requirements for different areas in the valley
- developing Regional Evacuation Road Guidelines that identifies the flood evacuation road network design requirements for the valley
- design and rollout of flood evacuation road signage across the valley (completed)
- planning for targeted flood evacuation road infrastructure improvements for local and regional flooding to enhance access to and resilience of the existing flood evacuation routes (Road Resilience Program).
The NSW and Australian Governments will commit $33 million towards planning for more than 100 infrastructure improvements that will help people evacuate safely ahead of a flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley. The improvements will make the flood evacuation network more resilient, particularly at road low points in key locations within the valley.
Transport for NSW has identified road infrastructure improvements across four Western Sydney Local Government areas: Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blacktown and The Hills. The improvement projects include road shoulder widening, new culvert and bridge structures, road raising, pinch point upgrades and drainage improvements. These projects will improve the resilience of the road network so that residents can evacuate from the area safely in the event of a flood.
Transport will work closely with local councils to deliver the improvements across state, local and regional roads.
For information regarding the Road Resilience Program you can contact the project team on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy, please go to Infrastructure NSW's web page.
If you have any questions about the Flood Strategy you can contact Infrastructure NSW on: email@example.com.