NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup
6th December 2017
Back at the usual venue of the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting saw over 50 flood risk professionals join to discuss FRM in the state, the future direction of FMA and current land use planning issues.
The meeting included informative updates and presentations provided by FMA Executive, the Office of the Consulate-General of the Netherlands, the NSW OEH, NSW SES, BoM, ACT Conference hosts, South Australian Member Chris Wright, and the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
Dr Phillip Conway, Senior Analyst Natural Perils, Insurance Australia Group, gave an exciting announcement regarding changes made to the 2018 FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management Project of the Year Award, stating that [NRMA Insurance] “finds the relationship with FMA very beneficial and looks forward to the strong entries” next year. (More on the announcement later in the Flyer.)
Karl Sullivan, General Manager Risk - ICA, discussed with Members the precise actions ICA takes during a declared catastrophe event including industry hotlines, community forums, comprehensive claims processes and media and government liaison. Mr Sullivan also stated that the cost of Tropical Cyclone Debbie has reached the $1.62b mark, making it the second most expensive cyclone in Australia’s history after Tropical Cyclone Yasi, with over 74,000 claims being made.
The afternoon workshop considered land use planning questions posed to a panel of planning and legal experts, which consisted of Paul Grech, FMA Land Use Planning Director, Shannon McGuire, Associate Director Urban Ethos and John Cole, partner with Abbott Tout.