FMA Excellence Awards Winners
29th May 2019
The Winner of the 2019 FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management Project of the Year was announced at the FMA National Conference in Canberra this month.
In a joint effort, the Bureau of Meteorology, Tweed Shire Council, Tumbulgum Community Association, NSW SES and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage were awarded the $10,000 cash prize for their project Development and Implementation of a Flood Warning and Response Service for Tumbulgum.
Tumbulgum, a small community located at the confluence of the Tweed and Rous Rivers, was devastated by flooding that followed ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, including flooding of 150 homes, 200 homes and the loss of three lives.
The new flood warning service provides the local community with time to employ their evacuation plans before evacuation routes are impassable, which was very rarely possible before.
The Tumbulgum project is a shining example of how different stakeholders can come together with a common goal, and create an outcome that makes communities safer and more resilient.
Also, a High Commendation was awarded to Brisbane City Council for their Flood Resilient Homes Program which works towards building community resilience to flood, as well as community education and awareness.
The Program assessed vulnerable homes, provided recommendations, provided access to financial support up to $50,000 and created a purpose-built Flood Hub to showcase the benefits of enhancing the understanding of property scale resilience.
Congratulations again to our winners!
Each of the nominations received this year was exceptional, and it was inspiring to see how hard our Members are working towards making our communities safer from flood.
If you are working on a project of your own, consider submitting a nomination for the 2020 FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management Project of the Year when entries open next year and you could be the one holding the giant cheque for $10,000!