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Preparing for floods
The Hunter-Central Rivers CMA has been working in partnership with the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and the community of Maitland to develop a Community Flood Education Strategy for Maitland and the Hunter Valley, with funding from the Australian and New South Wales Governments Natural Disaster Mitigation Programme (NDMP).
The strategy, which was developed with an Advisory Committee of representatives from residential, rural and business sectors of Maitland, contains a number of initiatives to improve community flood awareness and preparedness within the local community.
Click on the links below to find out more about the resources that have been developed throught the implementation of the strategy:
App for Maitland flood tours 18-Apr-2013
The CMA’s popular Maitland flood tour is becoming a downloadable app!
Last month’s flood on the Paterson River was a test for the recently refurbished spillway at Hinton on the lower Hunter Valley floodplain.
Hunter River flood a timely reminder 14-Mar-2013
An eerily similar sequence of weather events occurred last month that had locals talking about the infamous 1955 flood.
To commemorate the anniversary of the 1955 flood, the community are invited to attend a display at Maitland Town Hall on Tuesday 26th February to hear stories of flooding, share memories and view over 500 photos and historic films of the 1955 flood.
February 2013 marks the 58th anniversary of the devastating 1955 Hunter Valley flood. The community are invited to commemorate the largest flood on record in Maitland, and join an early morning guided tour in Horseshoe Bend, one of the worst hit areas in the city.
Muddy, turbulent waves crashing through Belmore Bridge and racing down Maitland’s High St was an unforgettable sight for those who witnessed the 1955 flood – the highest and most destructive Hunter River flood on record.
The community are invited to join a walking tour on Sunday 23 September to hear stories of the devastating floods that took place from 1949 to 1955 in Central ...
Students from St Catherine’s Catholic College at Singleton visited Maitland in September for an excursion of Maitland floodways.
Maitland Mercury acknowledged for support of the CMA's community flood education project 31-Aug-2012
The Maitland Mercury was acknowledged for its ongoing support of the CMA’s community flood education project this month, with a Certificate of Appreciation presented to the editor Ms Liz Tickner.
ABC journalist Scott Bevan kayaked the length of the Hunter River in 2011, noting changes along the way in comparison to a previous journey he had undertaken some 10 years ...
Very enthusiastic students from Maitland Public School had a close up view of the Hunter River from Riverside Walk this month.
Back by popular demand, the central Maitland flood tour will be held on Sunday 23 September. This walk is part two in the popular five part series of Walk & Talk flood tours, developed by the CMA and SES for the Community Flood Education Program in Maitland.
Students from Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College visited Maitland on 18 June as part of their Year 9 Geography studies on flood mitigation. CMA flood education officer Amanda Hyde accompanied the group of 60 students on the excursion to inspect various components of the Maitland floodways, which is part of the Lower Hunter Flood Mitigation Scheme.
Flood tour at Maitland Station 28-Jun-2012
On Sunday 24 June two walking tours were held in the Maitland Station precinct featuring stories of rescue and tragedy from the 1955 flood. Despite the cold wind, the popular tours were fully booked and participants heard a first-hand account from local tour guide Peter Bogan on how the 1955 flood impacted Maitland Station.
‘Walk the Talk’ flood tour of Maitland 31-May-2012
The Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) invites the community to a walking tour on Sunday 24 June to hear stories of survival from the 1955 Maitland flood and gain an understanding of how the flood mitigation scheme performed during the June 2007 flood. The CMA have organised the tour on the 5th anniversary of the 2007 flood and leading the tour will be local historian Peter Bogan.
Students visit Hunter Valley 30-May-2012
For two days in May, 15 students from Ryde TAFE visited the Hunter Valley for a field trip as part of their studies for the Diploma of Conservation & Land Management, coordinated by the CMA’s flood & wetland education officer Amanda Hyde. The focus on the first day was on wetland rehabilitation and involved a tour of the Kooragang Wetland and Hexham Swamp Projects.
Five years have past since the unforgettable Pasha Bulker storm that hit Newcastle on the Friday of the Queen’s birthday long weekend in June 2007. The East Coast Low brought a deluge of rain and gale force winds to the coast while at the same time sudden snow storms and torrential rain were falling in the Upper Hunter. The result was a major flood on the Hunter River, the highest in Maitland for 30 years.
In February 2012 two early morning walking tours were held in Maitland featuring stories of survival and rescue from floods dating back to the late 1800s.
Maitland, City on the Hunter:
Fighting floods or living with them?
This publication details the major Lower Hunter floods of the past 200 years and contains historical photos and personal tales of survival dating back to 1930.
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