News Archives
2017
2018 FMA Conference Updates 1st September 2017
Organisation for the 2018 FMA National Conference at Gold Coast is well underway with just over 8 months to go. .
Dr Stephen Yeo Leads Windsor Flood Walks 1st September 2017
During the 150th Anniversary of the Great Flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean this month, FMA Professional Member Dr. Stephen Yeo led walking tours highlighting the flood history of the Windsor area. The flood tours were incredibly popular, and quickly booked out as they provided residents with insights into the famed flooding of 1867, and the shared community stories of the event..
FMA Executives Visit Victorian Members 1st September 2017
It was a full house for the Flood Data and Insurance Workshop hosted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in Melbourne on 24 August..
Harold Sternbeck Medal Presentation 1st September 2017
During the recent FMA NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney, FMA President Ian Dinham and FMA Communications Director Sue Ribbons formally presented the prestigious Harold Sternbeck Medal to this year’s winner Dr. Raymond Laine..
NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup 1st September 2017
Over 50 Members and visitors attended the NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting on 17 August at the elegant Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney. .
National Flood Manual Workshop Sydney - 19 September 1st September 2017
Engineers Australia’s Water Panel is running a full day seminar on the latest advances in the flood risk space and the National Manual, with a specific focus on the recently released Handbook 7: Managing the floodplain: A guide to best practice floodplain management. .
Welcome New FMA Members 1st September 2017
FMA would like to welcome two new Corporate Members into Floodplain Management Australia:.
Special FMA Offer - Training in HEC-RAS Hydraulic Modelling 8th August 2017
Following the success of the FMA Conference HEC-RAS training course a comprehensive training course of up to 5 days is now being offered from 11 to 15 September in Brisbane. .
2017 Harold Sternbeck Medal Winner Announced 1st August 2017
Dr Raymond Laine (Professional FMA Member), founder of Tasmanian firm Ozengage for his presentation "Bring the Marshmallows: New Engagement Technologies Stoking Flood Conversations"..
City of Launceston's Flood Achievement Acknowledged 1st August 2017
City of Launceston was listed as a finalist in the Awards for Excellence at last week’s annual conference of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) for its response to the 2016 flood threat. .
Conference Presentations Available to All 1st August 2017
Presentations from the 2017 FMA National Conference in May are now available to the public on floods.org.au on the Resources page..
Flood Community of Practice Book Launch 1st August 2017
The Queensland Flood Community of Practice has released a water management blue print for South East Queensland. The book Water Futures: An Integrated Water and Flood Management Plan for enhancing Liveability in South East Queensland was developed by sustainable design architect James Davidson, in collaboration with the Queensland Flood Community of Practice..
Floodplain Risk Management Short Course Begins 3 August 1st August 2017
The 2017 FMA-OEH Floodplain Risk Management Short Course at the University of Technology, Sydney will be commencing on 3 August. .
Queensland to be the Most Disaster-Resilient State? 1st August 2017
The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) has released two key documents this month..
Upcoming NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Venue Change 1st August 2017
The upcoming NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting to held on the 17 August in Sydney has had a change of venue as our regular location is unavailable..
Watch - USA Flood Address - ASFPM Conference 1st August 2017
Most FMA Members are familiar with our USA colleagues ASFPM, after having their delegations attend many of our National Conferences. ASFPM holds their Annual Conference mid-year, and in some years FMA Members have attended and presented a snapshot view of flood risk management in Australia. .
Welcome New Corporate Members 1st August 2017
Welcome to the Members who have joined FMA during the month of July..
Tasmanian Flood Reports Released 2nd July 2017
The Tasmanian Government has released the Report of the Independent Review into the Tasmanian Floods. Former Auditor-General Mike Blake was commissioned to prepare the report following the floods of June and July 2016..
Brisbane City Council FloodWise Property Reports Updated 1st July 2017
Following the recent completion of the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study Brisbane City Council has updated its FloodWise Property Reports (FWPRs) and Flood Awareness Map (FAM) to incorporate the new information..
FMA President Meets with Federal Minister Keenan 1st July 2017
FMA President Ian Dinham has met with Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan in Canberra to discuss flood mitigation and disaster recovery funding. Minister Keenan’s portfolio includes funding and support for natural disaster risk management programs..
FMA President Speaks to PIA Seminar 1st July 2017
The Northern NSW Branch of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) recently held a Planning to be Resilient Seminar at Bingara. The session covered a range of topics related to natural disaster resilience, including Flood Planning where FMA President Ian Dinham discussed Rethinking Floodplain Planning using a Flood Risk Management Approach..
Interested in Geomorphology and Paleoflood Data? 1st July 2017
2017 Conference attendees will recall the fascinating Keynote Presentation by Associate Professor Jacky Croke entitled What did we learn from the Lockyer Valley 2011 Flood? Lessons and Opportunities from the Big flood Project..
Water Technology Autumn Waterlines Newsletter Out Now 1st July 2017
FMA Member Water Technology has released its latest ‘Waterlines’ newsletter. As many FMA Members will recognise, Water Technology was nominated in both categories for the 2017 FMA Excellence Awards at our recent Conference in Newcastle for their exceptional work..
Conference Feedback - Thank You 30th June 2017
Thank you to those who submitted feedback regarding the recent FMA Conference in Newcastle via the online survey provided..
Risk Frontiers Becomes an Independent R&D Company 30th June 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers, Australia’s longest running natural hazards research centre, is spinning out from Macquarie University after a successful partnership of 23 years. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Note Released: Anniversary of the Great Hawkesbury Flood 30th June 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has released its latest Briefing Note, this one concerning the anniversary of the Great Hawkesbury Flood from 150 years ago..
Welcome New FMA Members 30th June 2017
FMA would like to take the opportunity to welcome a number of new Members into the Membership:.
Conference Conversations with Gerry Gannon 29th June 2017
Gerry Gannon (MC of the recent FMA Newcastle Conference) interviews interesting speakers he’s met with at Conferences all over Australia for his podcast ‘Conference Conversations with Gerry Gannon’..
2017 FMA Conference Communique 1st June 2017
Thanks again to Allan Gear who facilitated the closing National Flood Forum, and thanks to all those who contributed to the session. .
AIDR Handbook 7 Released 1st June 2017
During Federal Justice Minister the Hon Michael Keenan’s video welcome at the FMA National Conference, he launched the latest in the series of Australian Emergency Management publications, Handbook 7 Managing the Floodplain – a Guide to Best Practice in Flood Risk Management in Australia. .
FMA National Conference Roundup 1st June 2017
What a week in Newcastle! Starting with flood modelling training on Monday and concluding with the National Flood Forum on Friday, this was FMA’s largest and most comprehensive Conference to date with 387 registrations from all Australian states and territories, New Zealand, USA, Singapore and Vietnam..
Gerry Gannon Interviews FMA President 1st June 2017
Gerry Gannon Interviews FMA President Conference MC Gerry Gannon, who describes himself as Ireland’s greatest export, kept us to time, directed us to our chosen venues, and delivered enlightening commentary as well as providing discerning observations on host city, Newcastle..
HEC-RAS Water Modelling Course 1st June 2017
HEC-RAS Water Modelling The busy Conference week kicked off with 25 floodies participating in an introductory training session on hydraulic modelling, led by Krey Price from Surface Water Solutions and Mark Forest from HDR Engineering. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Note - Disaster Risk Management: US Experience 31st May 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has published a new Briefing Note this month, regarding disaster risk management in the United States of America. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Notes - Lismore 27th April 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has published two briefing notes this month regarding flood risk; No. 340 Flood Risk Perceptions of Lismore Businesses and No. 342 The 2017 Lismore Flood - insights from the field..
FMA Excellence Awards - Deadline Extended 7th April 2017
The 2017 FMA Excellence Awards nomination deadline has been extended. .
FMA National Conference Update - Keynote 7th April 2017
The next FMA National Conference will be held in the coastal city of Newcastle, New South Wales in just five weeks. The focus of this Conference is Preparing for the Next Great Flood which looks at applying lessons from past floods, to help our communities avoid future disasters..
Harold Sternbeck Medal - Will you be this year's winner? 7th April 2017
Will you presenting a paper at our National Conference in May? Would you like to win the most coveted award at the Conference? .
Tweed Flooding - Mayor Appeal Fund 7th April 2017
Tweed Shire Council has established a Mayor Appeal Fund to draw together support from across the region and around the country in the midst of the worst flooding the Tweed has ever experienced. .
FMA President Presents at Country Mayors Association Meeting 6th April 2017
FMA President, Ian Dinham, was invited to give a presentation to the recent Country Mayors Association meeting at Parliament House in Sydney which was attended by over 60 Mayors and General Managers from around NSW..
FMA Submissions 6th April 2017
FMA Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech has lodged two submissions with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment this month: .
Bathurst Regional Council - Perthville FRM Project 7th March 2017
FMA Member Bathurst Regional Council has closed tenders for the implementation of Perthville Flood Mitigation Works, with Council currently assessing..
Get to Know Our Members - Australian Composite Walls 7th March 2017
FMA Members who were present at our February NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney this month will be familiar with FMA Corporate Member Australian Composite Walls, and its representative Steve Whelan..
BoM Design Rainfalls Web Page Updated 4th March 2017
As discussed at the FMA’s NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney on 23 February the Bureau of Meteorology has updated its design rainfalls web page to include:.
New Members - Melbourne Water and TAS Professionals 4th March 2017
Melbourne Water has joined FMA’s Membership as our latest Corporate Member..
Australia Day Honours for Councillor Bill Wheeldon 3rd March 2017
Last month, long-term FMA delegate Councillor Bill Wheeldon of Wentworth, New South Wales, was awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)..
FMA February Meetings 2nd March 2017
Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane and NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting. .
New Submission Available Online 2nd March 2017
Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech has compiled a submission on the Draft Climate Change Strategic Plan to the New South Wales Government, which was lodged on the 22 February..
FMA Conference Early Registrations Close 13 March 1st March 2017
The FMA Conference is creeping closer, and the time for you to make the most of registration discounts is almost up. Early Registrations close by 13 March 2017!.
FMA Excellence Awards Now OPEN 1st March 2017
The FMA Excellence Awards are now officially OPEN! The Excellence Awards were established to publicly recognize the outstanding contribution of FMA organisations and individuals towards promoting wise land use planning, reducing flood impacts, managing flood incidents or restoring communities after a flood event..
Better Arrangements Still Needed for Flood Mitigation and Recovery 1st February 2017
FMA President Ian Dinham says the December response by the Australian Government to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Disaster Funding Arrangements, while encouraging, still leaves much to be desired..
FMA Excellence Awards - Have You Got Your Entry Ready? 1st February 2017
The time to start preparing your 2017 entry to the FMA Excellence Awards is NOW!.
New NSW Government Cabinet 1st February 2017
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced details of her new Cabinet on 29 January. There have been a number of changes to portfolios with which FMA has dealings..
2017 National Conference Update 31st January 2017
Our next FMA National Conference is only 15 weeks away! Have you registered yet?.
FMA Online Resources Series - Resource 1 Available NOW 31st January 2017
The Online Resources Series was commenced by Communications Director Sue Ribbons in November 2016 as a pilot project for online resources and information for FMA Members..
FMA's Land Use Planning Policy Updated 31st January 2017
FMA’s Land Use Planning Position Policy is a flood risk management planning guideline for use by FMA to advocate best practice. It was developed by the Land Use Planning Working Group, led by Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech, and adopted at the AGM in May 2015..
Get to Know our Members - Lyall & Associates 31st January 2017
Lyall & Associates offers specialist engineering services primarily in the fields of water resources and environmental engineering, with particular emphasis on catchment/floodplain modelling and Floodplain Management..
UK Winter Floods Report 3rd January 2017
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in collaboration with the British Hydrological Society in the United Kingdom have released their report for the winter floods of 2015/16..
Apps You Need Now 2nd January 2017
BoM Weather App The Bureau of Meteorology has released a Weather smartphone app, which gives you the most accurate weather predictions for your area. .
HEC-RAS 5.0 Training Course 2nd January 2017
For the first time participants in the FMA Conference will be able to undertake hands-on training in flood modelling. The course will be run on Monday 15 May, the day before the Pre-conference Workshops..
FMA Conference Registration is OPEN 1st January 2017
Online registration for FMA’s 2017 National Conference in Newcastle has now opened at floodplainconference.com..
2016
Vietnamese Delegation - FMA Members Needed 31st December 2016
Jaya Kandasamy, Associate Professsor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), addressed the Quarterly Meeting in November requesting the assistance of FMA Members..
ARR 2016 Guidelines Have Moved 2nd December 2016
Geoscience Australia has advised that the ARR 2016 Guidelines have now been officially finalised, providing engineers and consultants with the guidance and datasets necessary to produce more accurate and consistent flood studies and mapping across Australia..
Welcome New Members 1st December 2016
We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest FMA Corporate Member – Sydney based consulting firm Lyall and Associates..
Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation Project - 20 Years On 30th November 2016
FMA Member Hunter Local Land Services has hosted a 20 year celebration of one of the country’s most significant wetland rehabilitation projects. Hexham Swamp is a nationally important wetland, and part of the Hunter River Estuary near Newcastle, NSW. .
Lake Macquarie City Council Wins PIA Award 30th November 2016
FMA Member Lake Macquarie City Council has taken out the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) Hard Won Victory Award for its Planning for Future Flood Risks: Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan. The Award is presented for a planning initiative that has resulted in positive planning outcomes in the face of difficult or trying circumstances..
Netherlands Royal Visit and Trade Mission 30th November 2016
Delegates from the 2016 Netherlands Trade Mission to Australia attended a joint seminar with Australian flood and coastal experts at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science on 3 November..
Sydney Quarterly Meeting and Workshop 29th November 2016
The November Quarterly Meeting of FMA was held in Sydney on 24 November at the Bureau of Meteorology and was exceptionally well attended..
City of Sydney Raingardens 24th November 2016
At the City of Sydney (FMA Member), the engineers in Technical Services developed a range of water quality components for the drainage network to meet ambitious Sydney 2030 water quality targets. One of the most innovative ideas is using small spaces in the city’s streets for decentralised water quality systems. .
Queensland Chapter Meeting and Workshop 21st November 2016
Around 40 FMA Members and visitors participated in a very busy Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane on 16 November. President Ian Dinham said that it is pleasing to see the increasing number of organisations represented, and the range of issues being discussed..
ARR 2016 Update 11th November 2016
The 2016 modernisation of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff guidelines has largely been completed, and is the first major update of the guidelines in almost 30 years.
BOM Flash Flood Advisory Resource (FLARE) 10th November 2016
In Australia, flash floods are generally defined as those floods that occur within six hours of rain, and are characterised by rapid rises in water levels. .
Toowoomba Regional Council FRM Update 8th November 2016
FMA Members will be familiar with Toowoomba Regional Council’s Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region project, which commissioned and released flood studies for 35 locations across the region. These studies were undertaken by specialist engineers and incorporate the latest data, modelling techniques and community input..
Maree Abood Wins 2016 Premier's Award 2nd November 2016
Maree Abood was awarded the 2016 'Premier's Award for Excellence in Public Service' for Building Infrastructure (Individual) for her work on leading the delivery of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy..
“Most people don’t notice it, but it protects you from floods 24/7” Bluemont Automatic Flood Barriers 1st November 2016
“Most people don’t notice it, but it protects you from floods 24/7”.
FMA President at World Water Congress 1st November 2016
FMA President Ian Dinham was very pleased to attend the World Water Congress Gala Dinner in Brisbane on 13 October at the kind invitation of our FMA member, Brisbane City Council..
FMA Raises Natural Disaster Recovery Concerns 31st October 2016
FMA President Ian Dinham has raised concerns about the “tightening” of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) in recent times. In a letter to Commonwealth Justice Minister the Hon Michael Keenan Mr Dinham said that there is concern that Local Government Councils are no longer able to afford restoration of assets following declared natural disasters, as many items which used to be eligible for funding are no longer eligible..
Risk Frontiers - UK National Flood Resilience Review 30th October 2016
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has released its latest Briefing Note, concerning the United Kingdom National Flood Resilience Review..
Welcome Queensland Reconstruction Authority 19th October 2016
It is a great pleasure to welcome the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to our FMA Membership..
Welcome New Members 3rd October 2016
We would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to our new FMA Members:.
Flood CoP Showcase at IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Queensland 30th September 2016
Flood Community of Practice will be running a showcase of four years of Dutch-Australian water management collaboration on 10 October, during the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Brisbane. .
FMA August Quarterly Meeting Roundup 2nd September 2016
50 Members and visitors attended the 18 August Quarterly Meeting and Workshop at the Bureau of Meteorology’s office in Sydney, where attendees were welcomed by Acting New South Wales Regional Director Stephen Lellyett..
FMA Submission on Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 1st September 2016
This month, FMA Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech prepared a submission on the Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Plan for the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment..
Victorian FMA Members Reducing Rural Flood Risk 31st August 2016
Following on from their FMA Highly Commended Project of the Year Award with the Warracknabeal and Brim Flood Investigation, Water Technology is now finalising the Dunmunkle Creek Flood Investigation for Wimmera CMA. The project has used a regional scale flexible mesh flood model covering over 100 km of Dunmunkle Creek, a distributary of the Wimmera River. .
AMWA Launch New Website for Water Technology 3rd August 2016
FMA Member AWMA has a new website that makes it easier for you to find relevant flood products and services to assist with your upcoming flood mitigation projects..
Congratulations Lake Macquarie City Council 2nd August 2016
FMA Member Lake Macquarie has been acknowledged as developing the ‘Best National Case Study in Coastal Adaptation’ at the 2016 Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Adelaide. .
Water Technology's Excellence Award Noted 2nd August 2016
During the 2016 FMA Conference in Nowra, FMA Members Water Technology and Wimmera CMA were granted a High Commendation for their Warracknabeal and Brim Flood Investigation in the FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management of the Year Project category..
Vietnamese Delegation to Participate in FMA Conference 1st August 2016
International attendance numbers at the 2017 FMA National Conference will be boosted with the announcement that a delegation of 15 flood professionals from Viet Nam will be participating as part of an Australia Awards Fellowship..
2016 FMA Excellence Awards 24th May 2016
At the 56th Annual FMA Conference in Nowra this month, the 2016 Excellence Awards were held, with the winners announced at the Conference Gala Dinner..
Poster Presentation/People's Choice Award 24th May 2016
In addition to the Harold Sternbeck Award, the best Poster Presentation at the Conference was determined by a People’s Choice vote, with the winner announced at the Conference Closing Ceremony as: ‘Informed Evacuation Planning: simultaneous TUFLOW flood and traffic modelling’ by Chris Huxley (BMT WBM). Congratulations again to Chris for his informative presentation..
Winner of 2016 Harold Sternbeck Medal Announced 24th May 2016
The prestigious Harold Sternbeck Medal is awarded at the FMA Annual Conference each year to recognise excellence for the best paper presentation at the Conference. Both 10 minute and 25 minute presentations are included. This year there were a total of 65 papers..
Conference Officially Opened by NSW Minister 18th May 2016
The 56th Annual FMA Conference has been officially opened, with over 280 delegates from more than 140 organisations attending the milestone event..
FRM Short Course - An Ideal Intro for Councillors and Staff 18th May 2016
The FMA-OEH Floodplain Risk Management Short Course will be offered in three blocks in August, September and October, and is an ideal introduction to flood risk management, or opportunity to broaden your skills..
Welcome to the BoM 18th May 2016
Welcome to the Bureau of Meteorology for joining the ranks of FMA Corporate Members..
HEC-RAS 2D Training - Special Offer 17th May 2016
Learn to build, run, view and interpret 2D and coupled 1D/2D models using HEC-RAS 5.0 in an intensive, interactive course..
Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy Launched 12th May 2016
The Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville has released the new Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy. FMA provided comment on the draft Strategy in 2015..
FMA's New Communications Director 4th May 2016
Executive Officer Glenn Evans has announced the outcome of the recent call for nominations for the position of FMA Communications Director. One nomination was received, from Professional Member Susan Ribbons. Sue will commence her role at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 19 May..
$33 Billion Disasters 6th April 2016
FMA Executive Officer Glenn Evans attended the launch of two reports by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities at Parliament House in Canberra in March..
Welcome Mackay Regional Council 6th April 2016
Queensland's Mackay region can experience flooding as a result of riverine and creek flooding, as well as local catchment runoff and storm tide. Mackay Regional Council has undertaken numerous studies assessing flood hazards and is now assessing measures to minimise flood risk. .
New NFRAG Chairperson Appointed 5th April 2016
The National Flood Risk Advisory Group (NFRAG) has appointed Duncan McLuckie, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Principal Flood Specialist, as its Chairperson. .
FMA President at AFAC 4th April 2016
President Ian Dinham attended the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services event in Sydney on the 22 March and networked with a range of people in the Emergency Services space..
Welcome WRM Water and Environment 2nd April 2016
WRM Water and Environment is a Brisbane-based consulting firm which specializes in water resource management and engineering..
FMA Annual Conference Update 1st April 2016
There are only six weeks to go until our 56th Annual Conference in Nowra. Early Registration Discounts closed this week, and we hope as many of you took advantage of these great savings as possible. We have three exceptional keynote speakers, and an outstanding dinner speaker confirmed for our four-day event, including Brigadier Darren Naumann AM..
Welcome ACT Government 1st April 2016
There are a number of ACT Government agencies that deal directly with flood risk management. Due to being a planned city, the ACT does not experience riverine flooding as such, but does have a high risk of flash flooding..