Frequently Asked Questions
A rating district is formed when Council is approached by a concerned community in regards to flooding and/or existing or potential drainage and erosion issues. Extended communication and consultation with the community is carried out until clear support for a particular solution is apparent.
The infrastructure within a rating district is funded by the individual rated properties within each rating district. Often a bank loan is taken out with repayments made by the rating district over a suitable repayment term. The individual rate is based on the amount of protection benefit each ratepayer receives.
Rating districts vary from very large schemes protecting major towns to small schemes protecting property and providing drainage solutions. See here for an interactive map of our Special Rating Districts.
Protection works such as stopbanks, drains, groynes, spurs and retards and other infrastructure associated with river erosion, drainage and flood protection.
Each rating district appoints a consultative committee consisting of a spokesperson, deputy spokesperson and committee members elected by the individual property owners in the rating district. Annual meetings are held with the rating district where the Council Engineers supply information on future work required and work that has been completed.
Each special rating district has a number of assets such as rock protection, drainage and stopbanks in place to reduce the severity of flooding. To see the assets on a rating district, check the individual rating district here and view the asset maps.