Moyne Shire

Flood information for the Moyne Shire, encompassing local flood guides and a Municipal Flood Emergency Plan.

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Moyne municipal map
  Moyne Shire municipal map.

The Moyne catchment has historically been subject to significant flooding including a major flood in 2010 that resulted in the sewage station needing to be sandbagged for protection. Sand dunes at the end of the airport were breached and several roads and bridges closed.

Households and business should refer to their Local Flood Guide or Moyne Shire Municipal Flood Emergency Plan for more information.


Peterborough is impacted by both riverine and coastal flooding. The Curdies River Estuary is predominantly shaped by the prevailing south westerly ocean swell causing infilling and is classified as a wave dominated estuary.

The rocky headland to the west of the estuary combined with easterly currents, common in summer months, promotes the accumulation of sand at the estuary entrance forming sandbars.

To learn more see the Peterborough flood information guide.

Are you at risk of flood?

Moyne flood map
  Click to enlarge.

Port Fairy is vulnerable to flooding due to its location on the Moyne River and the nearby estuary and the ocean.

The town and surrounding areas are at risk because of heavy rainfall as well as king tides and storm surges. Currently floods in Port Fairy can:

  • Impact the airfield and caravan parks in low-lying areas.

  • Close the Princes Highway at Yambuk, Rosebrook and Reedy Creek.

  • Isolate areas along the sand dunes including the Life Saving Club and the ocean side of Griffiths Street.

More serious floods can flood properties to over floor height, flood key infrastructure and facilities and isolate the town and surrounding areas, cutting off roads in and out of the area.

Port Fairy can also be affected by flash flooding, where heavy localised rainfall falls in a short amount of time.

The map to the right shows the predicted extent of flooding at three different heights on the Toolong River Gauge on the Moyne River; 4.1 metres, 4.4 metres and 5.1 metres.

Riverine Flood Risk Information Card: Port Fairy 3284

About Flood Guides

Communities can use local flood guides to identify and better understand their local flood risk. They include information about: flood history, how to prepare & respond to floods and who to contact.

Contact Information

For more information, contact the Barwon South West (South West) Region Headquarters.
For information on flood warnings, see the VicEmergency website.
Visit the Moyne Shire website.
Your local Catchment Management Authority: Glenelg Hopkins.

Local VICSES Units

  • Port Fairy VICSES Unit:
    81 Sackville Street,
    Port Fairy, Victoria

    Mortlake VICSES Unit:
    4 Stewart St,
    Mortlake Victoria,

Municipal Flood Emergency Plan (MFEP)

Municipalities can use Municipal Flood Emergency Plans to prepare, respond and recover from flood and storm events.
Moyne Shire Emergency Managament  Plan - Updated March, 2021