Queensland Chapter Meeting Roundup

8th December 2017

The Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane was well attended this month with updates being provided by the FMA Executive, the National Flood Risk Advisory Group, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology. 


Presentations were also made by the Flood Community of Practice and Suncorp Insurance regarding their Water Futures initiative, the Insurance Council of Australia on its response process to natural disaster events and an introduction by new FMA Corporate Member Burchill’s Engineering Solutions discussing its current projects and capabilities.


Dr Jacky Croke, Director Catchment Connections, Centre for Catchment and Flood Management, provided a brief overview of Geomorphology and Palaeoflood Hydrology in Australia, and sought feedback from Members about the value of providing a short course on the topic at the 2018 FMA Conference at Gold Coast.


During the afternoon workshop, Julie Molloy and John Arrowsmith from the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Managementdiscussed the recently released report into the effectiveness of the disaster management system during Tropical Cyclone Debbie: The Cyclone Debbie Review – Lessons for delivering value and confidence through trust and empowerment.


Representatives from Suncorp Insurance, including Josh Cooney, Senior Manager Government, Industry & Public Policy, Bruce Visser, Claims Specialist and Jordan Peddar, Natural Perils Pricing Team, provided a variety of insights to the Meeting covering claims experiences, typical claims processes and the behaviour of Tropical Cyclone Debbie in correlation with flood models and maps.


The next FMA Meetings will be held 14 February (Brisbane) and 22 February (Sydney).

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