A Yenda flood map update which council says will reduce insurance premiums for residents is likely to be adopted next month.
The flood map update, which predicts how the area around Yenda would be impacted by future floods, was placed on public exhibition last month following recent flood mitigation works by council.
The update appears to suggest the area would be significantly less impacted by a flood than it would have been before the works.
A public consultation between Yenda residents and Griffith City Council was held last week.
Council's director of utilities Graham Gordon said the flood map was well-received by the Yenda community and there is no need to amend any aspects of the update at this stage.
"The community was generally happy with the flood maps presentation," Mr Gordon said.
"There is no need to change the flood mapping presented at the community forum based on the feedback from the community members present on the night."
According to Mr Gordon, the main concern raised by attendees was regarding the certainty of insurance premiums being reduced if the flood map is adopted.
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Mr Gordon says council is "very confident" that adopting the flood mapping update would reduce these insurance premiums for Yenda residents.
Speaking to the Area News, a spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said insurers could not confirm if the flood map would result in reduced insurance premiums for Yenda residents until it has been adopted by Griffith City Council.
Mr Gordon says council has followed all of the guidelines laid out by the ICA and the NSW Government to achieve the lower premiums.
Following last week's community consultation Paul Rossetto of the Yenda Progress Association and the Yenda Flood Victims Association said he plans to hand in three seperate submissions regarding the flood map update.
When the flood map was first placed on exhibition the Mr Rossetto raised concerns that if North Yenda flooded, railway culverts and irrigation structures would funnel the water into the rest of Yenda.
Mr Rossetto said he still has these concerns and others.
Council's Mr Gordon said any submissions they receive before then would be reviewed.
"Any submissions received will be assessed and if any part of the submission highlights the need for change in the mapping then this will be done before the maps are finalised," Mr Gordon said.
If no significant submissions are received then the report will be sent to a council meeting in May 2021.
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