February NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup

1st March 2019

The recent FMA NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting, held at the Bureau of Meterology, Sydney on the 22 February was one of our most well attended to date.

The Meeting saw FMA Members, Councillors, agency representatives and visitors come together to discuss all things NSW FRM.

Throughout the course of the Meeting, updates were provided by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Bureau of Meteorology, NSW and ACT State Emergency Services, and the Department of Planning and Environment.

Karl Sullivan, General Manager Risk of Insurance Council of Australia also addressed the Meeting, speaking to the recent devastation in Townsville, and the impact on local communities. Around 20,000 claims have been lodged, totalling about $850 million, with 80% for residential damage and 20% for commercial.

The afternoon workshop provided an opportunity to input to development of a public website for Local Government flood data. This must have been the quietest FMA Workshop ever with over 60 participants head down using the PollEverywhere app on their smart devices to respond to questions on what data the site should display, who should be responsible for the data and how the data could be used.

The last question of the day What Should the NSW Flood Map be Called? generated some visionary suggestions, from Discover Floods NSW to the somewhat predictable Floodymcfloodface. We await the final decision with great interest!

Project leader Elliot Simmons, Manager Geospatial Intelligence, NSW SES, said it was very useful to receive feedback directly from FMA Members, which will help design the end product.

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