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New water management blueprint for south-east Qld launched

7 July 2017

A new plan released today for how south-east Queensland manages record rainfall and water flows aims to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2011 floods, according to leading insurer Suncorp.

Water Futures: An Integrated Water and Flood Management Plan for enhancing Liveability in South East Queensland is a potential blueprint for governments and communities to adopt in the flood prone region.

The document was developed by sustainable design architect James Davidson, in collaboration with the Queensland Flood Community of Practice of which Suncorp is a member.

It followed a five-day workshop attended by more than 100 professionals and students that re-imagined southeast Queensland if greater consideration and investment was given to flood and drought resilience and water quality in the region.

Suncorp Insurance CEO Anthony Day said the company supported smart ideas and plans that ultimately protected at-risk communities, including the south-east.

“What has been lacking is an approach that looks at the whole water basin of Brisbane, surrounding catchments and the Bay,” he said.

“This is a plan that encourages sectors and catchments to work together to implement solutions involving infrastructure and environmental assets.”

Mr Day said the risk from flooding and severe weather events comes with living in vulnerable catchments like south-east Queensland, but risk can be managed.

“It makes sense for south-east Queensland to have an integrated approach to water and catchment
management, one that builds on the principles of adaptation to better protect the region during periods of flood or drought,” he said.

“Waterfutures is the first of its kind, and sets out key strategies for water management, connectivity, flood mitigation and liveability for the people living in and around the region’s water catchments.”

Further information about the Waterfutures plan can be found at

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