Media Releases


Back to the Future with Flooding in Queensland
15 March 2018

Once again, torrential rain, storms, and floods in north Queensland have wreaked havoc on communities, properties, and local economies. A disaster situation was declared by the Queensland Government after towns were cut off, residents evacuated and more than 200 homes were...Read More.


Australia's Largest Gathering of Flood Expertise
28 May 2017

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham has declared the National flood conference held in Newcastle a resounding success. At the National Flood Forum which concluded the conference, Mr Dinham said the presence of almost 400 attendees from over 190 organisations...Read More.

Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study - A Great Step Forward
15 May 2017

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham has congratulated the Queensland Government on release of the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study, saying it is a great step towards improving the safety of communities is South East Queensland. "Queensland has progressed enormously in its understanding...Read More.

Praise for Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Strategy

8 May 2017

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham has praised the newly released Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy saying it is a significant step towards improving the safety of Western Sydney communities. “The Hawkesbury –Nepean Valley is home to over 60,000 people who may...Read More.

Newcastle Inundated by Experts for National Flood Conference
1 May 2017

Australia's leading network of flood professionals is hosting its third National Conference in Newcastle this May, and is bringing in delegates from all over the country and overseas to discuss how to make our nation safer and more resilient. The Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) Conference...Read More.

Flood Prone Australia Needs More Levees
11 April 2017

The performance of levees during the extensive flooding in Queensland and northern New South Wales has again demonstrated that investment in flood mitigation makes sound economic sense. Floodplain Management Australia (FMA)  President Ian Dinham said there are numerous examples... Read More.

Flood Costs Can Be Reduced
30 March 2017

As the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie dumps huge amounts of rain over South East Queensland and North East New South Wales Councils and emergency responders are having to deal with river and flash flooding on a scale that has not been seen in some time. Floodplain Management Australia... Read More.

Councils Count Flood Costs
20 March 2017

Local Councils are counting the cost of damage from persistent wet weather and flooding over much of Australia and many will struggle to finance the necessary flood repair and recovery actions. Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham said FMA has major concerns about the excessive red tape and... Read More.

Long Road to Flood Recovery
29 September 2016

Damage from the persistent wet weather over New South Wales throughout September highlights the need for improved arrangements for flood repair and recovery.  Floodplain Managment Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham said "With the end of the El Nino, we are now seeing the familiar scenario where flooding... Read More.


The El-Nino Has Ended and Flooding Returns
21 July 2016

The widespread heavy rain and flooding experienced in Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland over the last two months may be unseasonable but should not be unexpected. Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham said “The El Nino has ended and we are...Read More.


Little-known Dangers of Driving in Floodwaters
20 June 2016

The demonstration by University of New South Wales researchers that it is surprisingly easy for modern cars to be swept away by as little as 60 centimetres of slow moving water is a timely warning as heavy rain and flooding continues along eastern Australia...Read More.

Warragamba Dam Plan Applauded
17 June 2016

Australia’s network of flood professionals, Floodplain Management Australia (FMA), has applauded the announcement by NSW Premier Mike Baird that his government plans to reduce the flood risk to the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley by raising Sydney’s Warragamba Dam...Read More.

Flood Investment Crucial
8 June 2016

The widespread damage in Tasmania this week calls to attention the dire need for investment in flood mitigation around the country. Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham said the construction of levees, such as the 13 km levee system in Launceston, can provide protection against flooding and resulting community and business losses...Read More.

Flood Levee Saves Lismore CBD Again
6 June 2016

Lismore CBD has again escaped flooding because of the $20 million flood levee built in 2005. Since then it has kept the city safe from floods in 2005, 2008, 2009 and now in June 2016...Read More.

Australian Flood Manager of the Year: Drew Bewsher
20 May 2016

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) has announced Drew Bewsher, Bewsher Consulting, as the winner of the nation-wide 2016 Allan Ezzy Flood Risk Manager of the Year Award...Read More.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Wins Flood Risk Management Award
20 May 2016

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) in partnership with NRMA Insurance has announced Moreton Bay Regional Council as the winner of the 2016 FMA NRMA Insurance Excellence Award...Read More.

Flood Grants to Help Save Lives and Property
10 December 2015

Australia’s national network of flood professionals has enthusiastically welcomed the NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman’s announcement of $4.9 million in floodplain risk management grants...Read More.

Australia Needs to be Better Prepared for Floods
25 August 2015

The severe weather conditions in the Kiama area today are another reminder that dangerous flooding occurs in many different ways and at any time...Read More.

Flood Association Goes National
20 August 2015

Australia’s leading network of flood professionals, the Floodplain Management Association, has officially changed its name to Floodplain Management Australia (FMA)...Read More.

Flooding a Tragic Reminder: FRM Needs to Be Smarter
29 April 2015

Last week’s flooding in Dungog and the Hunter Region serve as a tragic reminder of the need for smarter and more responsible flood risk management in New South Wales...Read More.

FMA Congratulates NSW Ministers
8 April 2015

Australia’s national network of flood professionals congratulates the Hon. Mark Speakman, the Hon. Rob Stokes and the Hon. David Elliot on their recent appointments to the Ministries of Environment, Planning and Emergency Services, respectively...Read More.

Flood Prevention and Resilience Crucial to Community Safety
24 February 2015

The Floodplain Management Association (FMA) warns in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia and on the 60th anniversary of the tragic 1955 Maitland flood, it is crucial to invest in prevention and resilience, not simply on the repair of damages...Read More.