Flood Professionals Inundate Rockhampton
3rd December 2018
This month saw FMA go regional by hosting its very first Queensland Chapter Meeting in Rockhampton at the trendy venue Headrick’s Lane.
With over 50 attendees arriving from all areas of the state including Brisbane, Banana Shire, Livingstone, Isaac Region and Mackay, the day provided an excellent introduction to FMA for new visitors, and an opportune time for returning Members to reconnect.
Mayor Margaret Strelow from Rockhampton Regional Council attended the Meeting to explain the lengthy process of securing the recently announced $60 million funding for the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.
Mayor Strelow discussed the challenges of grant funding and offered motivational insight – that even though the process may be difficult, Councils should "not give up".
The afternoon workshop Learnings from the Burnett River Flood Resilience Strategy was led by FMA Queensland Director Dwayne Honor (Bundaberg Regional Council), Graeme Milligan (QRA) and Stephen Dredge (Meridian Urban), and featured an in-depth discussion of an enormous 7m x 7m map of the Burnett Catchment.
The Workshop discussed how the map facilitated the formulation of the Flood Resilience Strategy by encouraging the sharing of localized, first-hand knowledge of flooding and risks in the areas of the map.