Seymour Flood Mitigation Project

The Seymour Flood Mitigation Project is being developed to provide protection to the Seymour Township, property, buildings, essential services and residents against a 1-in-100-year flood from the Goulburn River.

It is estimated that more than 300 properties are vulnerable in such an event including a large part of Seymour's commercial activities and essential services, including the hospital and police station.

Increased protection from flooding offered by the project will provide an opportunity to review the existing flood zoning and overlays which have restricted development in the area.

In 2010, Mitchell Shire Council resolved to complete a planning scheme amendment to obtain the required land for the levee. To support this process, Council has undertaken a number of investigations to determine the best alignment for the levee and to examine the areas of land that may need to be acquired to construct the levee and its associated works.

The levee design is being developed to provide a positive benefit to the community of Seymour and the wider Mitchell Shire, including those outside the levee system.

The design of the levee will be considered simultaneously with the Structure Plan for Seymour and the community ‘Vision for the Town’. The levee will be designed to ensure that, as much as possible, it does not create a physical or visual barrier to enjoyment of the Goulburn River and includes provision for walking and cycling paths linked to the wider regional network.


Levee alignment and design

A key aspect of the detailed design will be to develop site specific design responses to meet the range of landscape, environmental, visual, cultural heritage, recreation, access and residential values that exist across the Seymour Township.

The levee project provides a unique opportunity to add to the connectivity and useability of Seymour’s walking and cycling path network utilising the levee alignment and offering enhanced access to parts of Seymour not currently accessible.


We are now preparing detailed designs to:

  • Finalise the precise alignment, footprint, shape and height of the levee
  • Determine how the levee is integrated into the existing environment
  • Identify areas where a temporary levee might be utilised instead of a permanent structure
  • Determine the required works to ensure storm water drainage within the township is not impacted
  • Minimise the risks to identified cultural heritage, archaeological and environmentally important areas and assets
  • Finalise the type and quantities of materials used to construct the works
  • Identify how much land is required to be acquired to build the levee

Current status/next steps

Detailed planning and design work for the Seymour Flood Levee commenced in early 2017 and is expected to be finalised by late 2017.

The initial stages of this work include analysis of the existing drainage within the Seymour township, some additional geotechnical testing work and the preparation of functional layout plans.

Functional layout plans are the first stage of the detailed design and are currently being reviewed by Council’s Engineering team. Once this review is completed, officers from the Engineering team will seek to meet with affected property owners to discuss the proposed alignment in more detail. It is anticipated that these meetings will take place in August and September.

We are also planning to hold some community design workshops in the near future to ensure the community have input into the final levee design and landscaping elements. More information on these workshops will be available soon.

A flood study of the Whiteheads Creek is also nearing completion. This study will help to inform future development decision within the Whiteheads Creek Floodplain and will also help to identify any possible impact the Seymour Flood Levee may have on flooding issues in the Whiteheads Creek.

Draft mapping has been completed and currently under review. Once this review is completed, officers from the Engineering Team will attend community information sessions to present the results of this study.

Session dates and location to be confirmed soon.

To find out more about this project please contact the Engineering and Major Projects Team on 5734 6200.

The detailed design phase of the project commenced in early 2017 and will continue throughout the year.

As the detailed design progresses, a number of public information sessions will be conducted to enable the community to view the design progress and comment on various aspects of the levee bank design. We also plan to conduct bus tours of the alignment during these information sessions to assist the communities understanding of the levee design.

Once the design in completed, a Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) will then be introduced into the Mitchell Planning Scheme via a Planning Scheme Amendment. Land acquisition can then proceed followed by the construction of the levee. The final construction of the levee bank is expected to occur in 2018/19.



The Seymour Flood Mitigation Project is being developed to provide protection to the Seymour Township, property, buildings, essential services and residents against a 1-in-100-year flood from the Goulburn River.

It is estimated that more than 300 properties are vulnerable in such an event including a large part of Seymour's commercial activities and essential services, including the hospital and police station.

Increased protection from flooding offered by the project will provide an opportunity to review the existing flood zoning and overlays which have restricted development in the area.

In 2010, Mitchell Shire Council resolved to complete a planning scheme amendment to obtain the required land for the levee. To support this process, Council has undertaken a number of investigations to determine the best alignment for the levee and to examine the areas of land that may need to be acquired to construct the levee and its associated works.

The levee design is being developed to provide a positive benefit to the community of Seymour and the wider Mitchell Shire, including those outside the levee system.

The design of the levee will be considered simultaneously with the Structure Plan for Seymour and the community ‘Vision for the Town’. The levee will be designed to ensure that, as much as possible, it does not create a physical or visual barrier to enjoyment of the Goulburn River and includes provision for walking and cycling paths linked to the wider regional network.


Levee alignment and design

A key aspect of the detailed design will be to develop site specific design responses to meet the range of landscape, environmental, visual, cultural heritage, recreation, access and residential values that exist across the Seymour Township.

The levee project provides a unique opportunity to add to the connectivity and useability of Seymour’s walking and cycling path network utilising the levee alignment and offering enhanced access to parts of Seymour not currently accessible.


We are now preparing detailed designs to:

  • Finalise the precise alignment, footprint, shape and height of the levee
  • Determine how the levee is integrated into the existing environment
  • Identify areas where a temporary levee might be utilised instead of a permanent structure
  • Determine the required works to ensure storm water drainage within the township is not impacted
  • Minimise the risks to identified cultural heritage, archaeological and environmentally important areas and assets
  • Finalise the type and quantities of materials used to construct the works
  • Identify how much land is required to be acquired to build the levee

Current status/next steps

Detailed planning and design work for the Seymour Flood Levee commenced in early 2017 and is expected to be finalised by late 2017.

The initial stages of this work include analysis of the existing drainage within the Seymour township, some additional geotechnical testing work and the preparation of functional layout plans.

Functional layout plans are the first stage of the detailed design and are currently being reviewed by Council’s Engineering team. Once this review is completed, officers from the Engineering team will seek to meet with affected property owners to discuss the proposed alignment in more detail. It is anticipated that these meetings will take place in August and September.

We are also planning to hold some community design workshops in the near future to ensure the community have input into the final levee design and landscaping elements. More information on these workshops will be available soon.

A flood study of the Whiteheads Creek is also nearing completion. This study will help to inform future development decision within the Whiteheads Creek Floodplain and will also help to identify any possible impact the Seymour Flood Levee may have on flooding issues in the Whiteheads Creek.

Draft mapping has been completed and currently under review. Once this review is completed, officers from the Engineering Team will attend community information sessions to present the results of this study.

Session dates and location to be confirmed soon.

To find out more about this project please contact the Engineering and Major Projects Team on 5734 6200.

The detailed design phase of the project commenced in early 2017 and will continue throughout the year.

As the detailed design progresses, a number of public information sessions will be conducted to enable the community to view the design progress and comment on various aspects of the levee bank design. We also plan to conduct bus tours of the alignment during these information sessions to assist the communities understanding of the levee design.

Once the design in completed, a Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) will then be introduced into the Mitchell Planning Scheme via a Planning Scheme Amendment. Land acquisition can then proceed followed by the construction of the levee. The final construction of the levee bank is expected to occur in 2018/19.



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  • Who has been engaged to complete the detailed design of the levee bank at Seymour? When is it likely that this work will be completed.

    Ben Tate asked about 2 years ago

    Wallbridge & Gilbert (http://www.wallbridgeandgilbert.com.au/) have been appointed as the lead design consultant for this project. Detailed design work commenced recently and expected to be finalised by mid-2017.