FMA’s sixth National Conference will be held at Toowoomba, Queensland, and be hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council. Toowoomba Council has regularly participated in FMA Conferences and was one of the first Queensland Councils to join FMA in 2013. The Conference will be held at the Empire Theatres from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 May, with Pre-Conference Workshops on Tuesday 19 May.
Toowoomba sits at the edge of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking the Lockyer Valley, 125 kilometres west of Brisbane. It is serviced by Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, located 25 minutes from the Toowoomba CBD. Regular services operate to Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns and Western Queensland. Toowoomba is Australia’s second largest inland city, and has an extensive range of accommodation options and a large convention facility consisting of beautifully refurbished heritage buildings.
In January 2011 Toowoomba and surrounding areas experienced catastrophic flash flooding, and since then Council has completed an extensive program of flood studies and plans, badged Toowoomba Region Floodplain Management: Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region. The project delivered multiple flood studies for 30 townships and the Condamine River catchment, as well as recommendations to better regulate development within flood risk areas.
Members would recall that Toowoomba Regional Council was the winner of 2018 FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management Project of the Year Award for the project, one of the largest bodies of flood risk management studies ever undertaken by a Local Government in Australia.
Please reserve 19 to 22 May 2020 for the FMA National Conference in your diary and budget now!