EA Past Winners



Drew Bewsher - Allan Ezzy Flood Risk Manager of the Year
FMA Excellence Awards 2016 Winner
Drew Bewsher - Allan Ezzy Flood Risk Manager of the Year
Drew’s career of over 30 years has included the preparation of over 30 FRM studies and plans, and 20 development control plans for Councils across NSW. This level of dedication to FRM is to be recognised and commended. As part of his work, Drew has supported and trained a number of floodplain managers who continue to work in the FRM space, which is invaluable to the future of the industry. “Congratulations to Drew on his outstanding contribution to FRM over the years, and his unwavering drive to improve the resilience of communities from all around the nation,” FMA President Ian Dinham said.


Moreton Bay Regional Council - FMA NRMA Insurance FRM Project of the Year
FMA Excellence Awards 2016 Winner
Moreton Bay Regional Council was presented with the Flood Risk Management Project of the Year Award for its Regional Flood Data Management Software project. This project focussed on developing an automated flood data management and report generating system. The new system integrates region-wide data from across 14 catchments, and enables the Council to produce timely, clear and consistent flood data reports for every property in the region. By automating the flood data management process, the Council has dramatically increased the number of flood data reports they can produce each year, and individuals can create their own reports via the Council’s website. Through the project, Moreton Bay Regional Council is able to respond quickly to requests for flood reports and is increasing accessibility to information and awareness of flood risks within the community. As the winner of the Excellence Award, Moreton Bay Regional Council received $2,500 from NRMA Insurance to continue their important work.


Wimmera CMA + Water Technology - FMA NRMA Insurance FRM Project of the Year
FMA Excellence Awards 2016 Highly Commended
Wimmera Catchment Management Authority in conjunction with Water Technology received a High Commendation for their project Warracknabeal and Brim Flood Investigation. The project focussed on producing historical flood mapping and building a levee for the Yarriambiack Creek, a distributary of the Wimmera River. The historical flood mapping was used to form the basis of the levee design to protect the Warracknabeal community from 1-in-100 year floods. The project consisted of extensive community consultation activities, which included holding community forums, producing social media campaigns and creating a steering committee to ensure a coordinated approach was taken. Through the project, Wimmera CMA and Water Technology have increased awareness of, and resilience to flood risks in the Yarriambiack community.