Residents are invited to attend a community information session to learn more about how Wollongong City Council plans to mitigate the risk of flooding in Fairy Meadow.
Wollongong council staff will update residents on the options to build a detention basin in McMahon Street.
A detention basin is a holding pond that temporarily stores some of the stormwater run-off from a catchment during big storms. They are located near waterways such as creeks, rivers, streams and lakes.
The site is in the Cabbage Tree Creek catchment in Fairy Meadow.
Council's Infrastructure Planning and Strategy manager Mike Dowd said a detention basin in the area was identified in the Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creek catchment floodplain risk management plan.
“This option has been supported by the community," he said. "A detention basin will go some way towards reducing the impact of flooding on houses, roads and land. We will be holding an information session for the community, to share the work our specialist technical consultants have done so far on the proposed basin design.
“We’d also like to find out more about what the community values in this area and if they currently use the proposed detention basin site for other activities, such as walking."
The design the council is planning keeps the existing trees, while reducing flood impacts on properties and roads downstream.
All residents and community members are invited to drop in to the information session on Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm. The session will be held at Mount Ousley Public School Hall, 31 McGrath St, Fairy Meadow.
For those unable to attend the session, information and feedback form are available on the council's website until March 31.