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Wollongong City Council

Allans Creek Catchment

The Allans Creek Catchment area covers 45 square kilometres south west of the Wollongong CBD.

Map of Allans Creek Catchment  PDF, 270.7 KB

The Central Area Floodplain Committee provides advice to Council about issues in the Allans Creek Catchment area.

A Flood Study, Floodplain Risk Management Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan were completed in 2006. This was jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government.

When Council’s Conduit Blockage Policy was updated in 2016, an update of the Flood Study was undertaken to take into account this Policy and recent development in the area.

The updated Flood Study (2019) provides the most up-to-date information on flooding for the catchment.

The 2006 Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan is currently being reviewed to take into account the outcomes of the revised Flood Study (2019). This study is jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government.

You can read the 2006 Floodplain Risk Management Study & Floodplain Risk Management Plan and the now superseded 2006 Flood Study in the Documents Section of this page.

Current Works and Projects

There are currently no works in this catchment

Planning matrix

We’ve added a matrix for the Allans Creek Catchment into Chapter E13 of the Wollongong Development Control Plan PDF PDF, 1824.81 KB. This helps people understand flood risks when they’re planning new development in the area.

F6 Median Strip

In 2005, NSW Roads and Maritime Services (now called Transport for NSW) removed a large median strip on the M1 Motorway at Figtree to allow flood water to pass over the road and reduce flooding upstream.

Options for Upper Byarong Creek

We’ve looked into several options to reduce flood impacts in the upper Byarong Creek area within Allans Creek catchment. These include:

  • Installing a debris control structure upstream of Koloona Avenue.
  • Creek works upstream of Koloona Avenue
  • Changing the contour of the creek upstream of Koloona Avenue to create a detention area
  • Adding a ring levee near the Casuarina Place and the Whelan Avenue / Coronata  Drive intersection in Figtree.
  • Creating flood storage areas both upstream and downstream of Koloona Avenue. To do this, we would need to buy and clear some properties in the area.
  • Creating a flood storage area near Casuarina Place and Eureka Street.

Of all the above options investigated, the installation of a debris control structure upstream of Koloona Avenue was ranked the highest. It was recommended that this proceed to detailed design.

Koloona Avenue, Figtree debris control structure - detailed design

We looked into installing a debris control structure upstream of Koloona Avenue (on the western side) to help reduce blockages. The cost outweighed the benefits so work is not going ahead.

However, we may investigate installing a debris control structure immediately upstream of the Koloona Avenue culverts. To do this we would need to purchase some key properties nearby. We’ll provide an update if this work becomes possible.

Options for Brandy and Water Creek

We investigated options to reduce flood risks near Darragh Drive, Figtree. This included lowering the west bank of the creek and associated works. However the cost of this work would outweigh the benefits, so it’s not going ahead.

Allans Creek debris control structures

We’ve made a concept design for two debris control structures upstream of the Princes Highway Bridge on American Creek, and upstream of The Avenue on Byarong Creek.

We plan to make detailed designs and construct these debris control structures in the future. Dates and funding are yet to be confirmed.

Princes Highway Bridge, Byarong Creek

We’re working to improve the flow of water towards the Princes Highway Bridge, and reduce overflow to Arrow Avenue, Figtree.  A concept design has been made for work on the bridge approach and to improve access for creek maintenance.  We’ll advise when dates for work are confirmed.

We’re also considering creek and inlet work which will depend on Council buying and clearing some properties in the area.

Riparian Corridor work

We’ve been working since 2012 to stabilise creek banks and improve how we manage plants and weeds on the edges of creeks. This helps to reduce erosion and keep creeks flowing well.

Blackman Parade Channel Reconstruction

We’ve installed rock scour protection on the creek bed and repaired the existing rock bank to improve water flow and make maintaining the creek easier.

Voluntary Purchase

We’ve earmarked 18 properties in this catchment for voluntary purchase. 11 properties have been purchased and cleared with funding support from the NSW and Australian governments.

You can help our research and planning for floods in this catchment by sharing your past experiences.

If you have photos or other information about flooding on your property, please email us or post information to the mailing address in the footer of this page.