A National Call to Action: Making Australia Flood Safe

A National Call to Action: Making Australia Flood Safe

Floodplain Management Australia National Conference 2019

14-17th May 2019

The Annual Floodplain Management Australia Conference provides a great opportunity for practitioners and researchers to get together, learn from each other, share there experiences and understanding in an effort to “Make Australia Flood Safe”.

Many people around the world are working tirelessly to improve flood management and emergency response practices.  This FMA conference support this valuable ideal.

At Water Technology, we believe it is essential that flood management practices and decision-making continues to improve and that information needed for emergency response is available when it is needed. At this conference we will be supporting this knowledge sharing ideal with a workshop and two presentations.

  • Our experienced floodplain management team will be presenting a workshop on “Modelling for Non-Modellers” with Danny Rose (FMA Technical Director and Manager Roads and Stormwater at Tweed Shire Council) prior to the conference.
  • Lachlan Inglis will present “When Perception and Evidence-Based Practice Collide – Floodplain Management in the Aftermath of the 2016 Floods at St Marys, Tasmania”
  • Ben Hughes is presenting “Communicating Planning Scheme Amendments in Victoria”

Making Australia Flood SafeWORKSHOP: Modelling for Non-Modellers

Presenters: Steve Clark, Ben Hughes, Danny Rose (FMA and Tweed Shire Council) and Lachlan Inglis

Providing the basics necessary to understand the often complex world of flood modelling in order to better understand flood studies and reports, better manage consultants and prepare briefs, and understand the various technologies available. This workshop will focus on better understanding the “client side” of flood modelling, such as the activities of Council and Agency staff.

Making Australia Flood Safe - FMA Conference LGIPRESENTATION:  When Perception and Evidence-Based Practice Collide – Floodplain Management in the Aftermath of the 2016 Floods at St Marys, Tasmania

Authors: Lachlan Inglis and Ben Tate



BIH-FMA_ConferencePRESENTATION: Communicating Planning Scheme Amendments in Victoria.

Authors: Ben Hughes, Ben Tate, Paul Fennell (Wimmera CMA) and Jack Brook (City of Ballarat)

Water Technology has completed dozens of flood mapping projects across Victoria. These studies initially determine flood risk, then attempt to reduce future flood risk by recommending changes to Council planning schemes to introduce or change overlays which control development. Generally, the planning scheme amendment is completed by a Council sometime after the flood mapping is complete, too often these amendments do not happen in a timely fashion or not at all. One of the primary reasons for this is the expected community opposition to Council attempting to regulate what individuals can and can’t do on their properties. It seems regardless of the population or level of change, community members will object, making the process unattractive to planners and Councillors. The additional complexity of communicating the changes in flood levels due to the new ARR2016 this process becomes more daunting and creates confusion with the public.

This paper focuses on Water Technology’s experience transferring flood intelligence data into planning scheme overlays and communicating how and why they were developed. It draws from numerous projects which through successes and failures, we have learnt what community consultation methods work in which circumstances and how the community perceive the consequences of the ARR2016 updates. We have represented Councils in a range of public forums including Planning Panel Hearings, Council Meetings, public meetings and one on one landholder discussions. The practical lessons learnt throughout this process allows for an ongoing improvement to how we as an industry communicate flood risk in a way which allows genuine understanding, less objections and a smoother planning process.


If you’d like to know more, get in touch with the presenters – call 03 8526 0800.


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