Budget update – 27 April 2023

Kyema Drive drainage upgrades

Rising construction sector costs are having a big impact on our planned capital works program, including projects such as this one.

Cost escalations of around $130 million mean we can afford to deliver fewer projects, and as a result we’ll have to place a number of previously budgeted projects on hold for now.

Unfortunately, the Kyema Drive drainage upgrades is one of those that has not been listed in our proposed budget for the next four years, meaning it is planned to be placed on hold.

The project is still on our agenda and we’ll be looking for ways to fund it as soon as we can – including finding savings within our own budget, and seeking external funding.

The proposed budget is available for community feedback here until 24 May and we encourage you to have your say. All feedback will be considered before the final budget is presented to our Council for consideration on 27 June.

If you haven’t already, we also encourage you to follow this project page for future updates.

Project Background

The City of Greater Geelong completed a flood study that maps the flood extent for the Lara region. The flood extent indicates areas likely to be impacted by flooding in a large^ storm event.

The study itself has not increased the risk to properties of flooding. Rather, it has provided us with better information on the extent of overland flows in a large^ storm event.

We have contacted property owners in the Lara area to advise if their property has been designated as liable to flooding.

The flood extent only applies to the land and has not considered any buildings on the property. To understand if there is any risk of flooding to buildings, you may need to engage a surveyor to measure your floor levels.

We have created a fact sheet that provides general information on the City’s flood management and drainage systems along with information on the Lara Flood Study.

You can also read our frequently asked questions with key terms explained.

To find out more about the outcomes of the flood study please see the Summary Report.

^ Large refers to a 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (1% AEP) which means that a flood of this size has a 1% chance of occurring in any year.

A common misconception is that a 1-in-100 year event can take place only once every 100 years. However, it actually has a 1 in 100, or 1%, chance of occurring at any single location in any given year.

A better term is Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP). This refers to the probability that a flood event of a given magnitude will be equaled or exceeded in any one year. For example, a 1% AEP means the chance of a 1-in-100 year flood occurring this year, next year, or in any year is always 1 percent.

Project timeline


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Round 1 community engagement commences

    Consultation and data collection - September 2018

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Round 2 community engagement

    Presentation of 1% AEP preliminary result – March 2019

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Round 3 community engagement

    Project update and presentation of maps showing riverine flood extent, urban flood, comparison flood extents of 20% to 0.5% AEP events – October 2019

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Data analysed and report prepared

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Report to Council

    Report presented to Council including flood prone designation - July 2020

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Community Information Session

    When: Wednesday 18 August

    Where: Lara Hall, 1A Flinders Avenue, Lara.

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Community Information Session

    When: Friday 27 August - CANCELLED

    Where: Lara Golf Club, 125 Elcho Rd, Lara

    This session has been replaced with phone interviews. See the main page for more details



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