Botany Bay and Foreshore Beach Catchment

Catchment Details

The Botany Bay and Foreshore Beach catchment is approximately three and a half square kilmoetres in area. The eastern side of the catchment drains to Sir Joseph Banks Park and the western side drains to the Mill Stream before discharging to Botany Bay. The topography of the catchment is generally flat with the exception of a low ridge along the eastern boundary. Development in the catchment is comprised of high density residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Flooding in the Catchment

Flooding in the catchment occurs as a result of runoff, during rainfall events, pooling in low lying areas due to a constrained stormwater system. The slow drainage is exacerbated when high tides or storm surges in Botany Bay, coincide with rainfall events. The general flatness of the catchment also means that some areas of the catchment are susceptible to tidal inundation even during dry weather. This areas are at higher risk during spring tides, storm surges and from future sea level rise.

Flood Study

BMT WBM has completed the Botany Bay Foreshore Beach flood study for this catchment in 2015 to analyse the risk of flooding.

Floodplain Risk Management Study

Council engaged Jacobs Pty Ltd to undertake a Floodplain Risk Management Study in 2018 to investigate how Council can reduce the flood risk. The study was supported by the NSW and Commonwealth Government with funding under the Natural Disaster Resilience Programme.

The draft Floodplain Risk Management Study has been completed. This study will be on public exhibition from 1 October 2020 to 29 October 2020. An executive summary of the draft report and feedback from can be found on Council's Have Your Say website.

Summary of Findings

A range of structural and non-structural flood mitigation options for the study area were assessed for suitability including:

Property modification measures

A number of amendments to planning instruments and controls, including the Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan were investigated and recommended.

Response modification measures

This includes recommendations regarding flood depth signage on roads, updates to emergency management plans and procedures, flood education and awareness programs and site specific flood plans.

Flood modification measures.

These cover structural options for reducing the risk of flooding. Nineteen options were investigated and three were recommended for further feasibility studies:

  • Detention basin at Booralee Park, Botany (FM1)
  • Drainage augmentation at William Street Botany (FM2)
  • Drainage augmentation behind Dent Street properties (FM3)

Learn More 

To help you understand what this means, we have created an online page where you can read and comment on the studies, submit questions, or view our responses to frequently asked questions. This page will be open from 1 October to 29 October 2020 and can be found at Have Your Say.

Hard copies of the studies will also be available during the same period at:

  • Eastgardens Library, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens 
  • Rockdale Library, 444 - 446 Princes Highway, Rockdale

Flood extent, hazard layers and flood affected property information are now available in Council’s online mapping system.

Managing Flood Risk 

We encourage you to learn more about living in an area with a risk of flooding. The NSW State Emergency Service provides information that can help you before, during and after a flood.

Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email