During Federal Justice Minister the Hon Michael Keenan’s video welcome at the FMA National Conference in May, he launched the latest in the series of Australian Emergency Management publications, Handbook 7 Managing the Floodplain – a Guide to Best Practice in Flood Risk Management in Australia.
Handbook 7 and accompanying guidance is the culmination of over 5 years work by the members of National Flood Risk Advisory Group (NFRAG) of the Australian New Zealand Emergency Management Committee. Funding support was provided by the National Emergency Management Program and input from a range of key industry stakeholders, including Floodplain Management Australia.
NFRAG Chairman Duncan McLuckie said the recent devastating floods in different areas of Australia again highlight the risks faced by communities when they interact with flooding.
“Handbook 7 and its companion guidance provide governments responsible for managing flooding best practice advice on how to understand and manage flood risk. Studies consistent with best practice provide a sound basis for understanding flood risk and assessing and deciding on management options which may involve flood mitigation, emergency management and land use planning” Mr McLuckie said.
“The latest guidance has focused on the future by supporting the development of better yet more concise flood information so that this can be more readily used in land use planning activities.
“Having information on flooding considered in land use planning activities can limit both the impacts new development may have on flood behaviour and the impacts that flooding can have on the new development and its occupants.”