The 2016 FMA Conference in Nowra has come to a close with over 280 delegates from more than 140 organisations attending the milestone event. This year we had attendees from Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, New Zealand, Poland and The United States of America.
This Conference was the first to take place under the new Floodplain Management Australia banner, and was exceptionally well received with delegates stating that it has been the best FMA Conference so far.
Highlights of the event include the popular Pre-Conference Workshops, addresses by Mayor Councillor Joanna Gash, the Hon. David Elliot MP, NSW Minister for Emergency Services, and the Hon. Michael Keenan, Australian Minister for Justice (via video presentation), as well as three outstanding keynote presentations by Prof. Darryl Low Choy, Brigadier Darren Naumann AM and Associate Prof. Lisa Gibbs.
The Conference venue provided a picturesque backdrop for workshopping, networking and showcasing the exceptional work that flood risk professionals are contributing to across Australia and overseas. The Harold Sternbeck Medal returned with many presentations being noted for their innovation and excellence, and the Poster Presentation of the Conference was decided this year through a People’s Choice Vote.
The social events gave life to the personality and history of the Shoalhaven area, with a memorable flood proclamation by ‘Governor Macquarie’ at the Casual Dinner, and an eye-opening presentation by Shannon Crofton, NSW SES and Fire and Rescue, during the Conference Dinner. The Conference Dinner also provided appropriate festivities, especially the outstanding performance of the Ballad of the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy by Viktor Brenners and Susan Lengyel, which accompanied the 2016 FMA Excellence Awards.
The Conference would not have been possible without the attendance and contribution of each and every one of its delegates, attendees, sponsors and trade displays. Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our event, and thank you for your unwavering enthusiasm in making our communities safer every day. We look forward to showing you another great, and informative, time in Newcastle next year.
Conference papers from the 2016 FMA Conference are available here.