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. Around 80 Catchment Management Authority (CMA), Council, government agency and business representatives heard presentations by DELWP’s Steve Muncaster, IAG’s Andrew Dyer and FM Global’s Daniel Manolache.
FMA President Ian Dinham, Communications Director Sue Ribbons and Executive Officer Glenn Evans provided an introduction to FMA, and services we provide.
Earlier in the day Victorian Members and organisations involved in previous FMA events met to discuss key issues facing flood professionals in Victoria and ways in which FMA may be able to assist.
On the following day FMA provided a similar presentation to Victorian CMA Chairs and CEOs.
President Ian Dinham said the round of meetings was very successful. “We were able to meet most of FMA’s Victorian Members and hear about their flood priorities and needs, as well as meet a number of potential members. With a growing Victorian membership we are looking forward to becoming more involved with the CMAs and local councils.”
“DELWP is making great progress in flood risk management, particularly in the area of flood data collection and management. DELWP has instigated a very efficient system of receiving and storing flood data from Councils and CMAs, and making it available to the insurance industry through the Insurance Council of Australia. This saves Councils and CMAs from having to deal with individual insurers themselves.”
“The Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy places greater flood risk management responsibilities on Local Government. These meetings discussed ways in which FMA’s professional development, advocacy and networking services can assist councils meet these challenges” Mr Dinham said.