KNOWLEDGE of flood prevention guidelines, improved education and stricter building guidelines are just some of the recommendations made by The Planning Boardroom in its examination of the implications of the Queensland floods on the planning system.
The report finds that there is compelling evidence that the floods, which impacted around 70 per cent of the state and affected around 60 per cent of the entire population, were a result of extreme weather conditions caused by La Niña weather patterns.
While the report states that infrastructure, such as the Wivenhoe Dam, mitigated the impacts of the floods in Brisbane, it states that there is a need for improved weather forecasting and data collection to assist with predicting future floods.
The report emphasises the need for "pre-emptive measures… to ensure property destruction and loss of life is minimised."
Other recommendations include education programs and incentives for homeowners to implement flood protection measures in their homes, promotion of greater industry awareness of flood issues and the inclusion of natural hazard prevention subjects in relevant university degrees.
Source: 'Implications of the Queensland floods on the planning system', The Planning Boardroom, 25 January 2011, <http://www.theplanningboardroom.net/>.