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Wollongong City Council

Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creeks Catchment

The Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creeks Catchment area covers an area between Towradgi and the southern end of Wollongong.

Map of Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creeks Catchment PDF, 833.46 KB

The Central Area Floodplain Committee provides advice to Council about issues in the Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creeks Catchment area.

A Flood Study, Floodplain Risk Management Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan for this catchment were completed in 2010. These studies were jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government.

You can read completed studies and plans in the documents section of this page.

We started a review of the Flood Study in October 2017. This will give us more up to date information, and take into account recent development in the area.

For information about the Flood Study review, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Current Works and Projects

There are currently no works in this catchment

Debris Control Structures

Nine debris control structures have been built in this catchment. Some have been built by Council, and others by Transport for NSW. Six more debris control structures are also planned.

McMahons Street detention basin

We’ve engaged a consultant to design a detention basin to reduce downstream flood levels. Detailed designs and construction will be done at a later date to be advised.

Keiraville Public School floodway

Our studies suggest that a floodway at Keiraville Public School could help to reduce flooding downstream. More investigation is needed to confirm how this would impact the school and the environment, and whether it would be cost effective.

Hopewood Crescent culvert upgrade

We looked into creating a culvert on Hopewood Crescent to reduce downstream flood levels. However, we would need to buy three properties for this to go ahead. The costs are not viable at the moment so this project is on hold.

Dawson Street culvert upgrade

We’ve created designs to upgrade the Dawson Street culvert. This will improve safety and reduce the frequency of access to properties being lost during floods.

As well as upgrading culverts, this project will include creek realignment, widening and scour protection. Bollards and road depth indicators will also be installed. Dates are to be confirmed.

Voluntary Purchase

We bought and cleared 14 properties in this catchment after the August 1998 flood.

Our Floodplain Risk Management Plan identifies 24 buildings to be bought under a voluntary purchase scheme. Five of these have already been purchased by Council.

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.