How will Lismore's Flood Plan affect you?

LISMORE residents are encouraged to 'have your say' on the draft Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Study now on public exhibition until 13 January 2021.
The study applies to flood-prone land in the urban area of Lismore including the Lismore CBD, East Lismore, South Lismore, and North Lismore.
Both Rous County Council and Lismore City Council's Floodplain management committee have collaborated with the study to recommend new measures to reduce the city’s flood risk into the future.
The study includes:
  • Up-to-date flood models that can be used to understand existing flood behaviour and define flood risk.
  • An evaluation of measures to address identified flood risks.
  • Analysis of recommended flood risk management measures to be considered as part of the Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Plan.
The study recommends measures to manage Lismore’s flood risk that include:
  • Options to raise the CBD and South Lismore levees, remove the Kyogle Road railway embankment and viaduct, and excavate the riverbank at 389 Keen Street.
  • Land use planning controls on development, voluntary house raising, and voluntary house purchasing.
  • Improved emergency management responses before and during flood events, such as flood prediction and warnings, and community flood awareness and readiness.
The study will inform an update of the Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Plan, which will begin in early 2021 subject to Council receiving a NSW Government flood grant.
To view the study and make submissions, visit the Council’s Your Say Lismore online community engagement hub at