Flood risk management for caravan parks in New South Wales

Stephen W. Yeo*

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Abstract

A survey of 71 caravan parks in coastal NSW indicates a high exposure to flooding. Most parks in NSW are flood-prone. A growing number of long-tern residents in the 1980s, and essentially immovable manufactured homes in the 1990s, significantly increased flood risk. However, many parks are ill-equipped to deal with flooding: a high turnover of park managers means that most have no direct experience of floods; attitudes of denial prevail; most parks have no means of raising community flood awareness; and the process of flood response planning is patchy and of poor quality. Key strategies for the reduction of flood risk are suggested, including a more rigorous implementation of tighter regulations that better guard the health and safety of park residents, and the equipping of park managers to self-manage risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-209
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Geographer
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003

Keywords

  • Emergency response planning
  • Flood awareness
  • Flood exposure
  • Flood readiness
  • Land-use planning

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