9 Aug 2011
The big news for Queensland last week was the first report released from the Queensland Flood Inquiry.
One hundred and seventy-five recommendations have come out of the flood inquiry so far and the Bligh Government has vowed that the Government will follow all recommendations that apply to them; however they won’t all be in place before the next wet season begins.
Some of the recommendations from the flood inquiry include changing the Wivenhoe and North Pine dam manuals and reducing the Wivenhoe Dam level to 75 percent of its regular capacity if the Bureau of Meteorology makes a strong warning about an extremely heavy wet season. There have also been recommendations on how to create better warning systems for communities.
Hopefully the recommendations from the flood inquiry will help prevent any floods of the same magnitude effecting Queensland again. The flood hearing will still have more hearings later this year though, with more recommendations to be released regarding insurance and land planning issues.