Naturally Hazardous Queensland

Published 11th March 13 12:00 AM

NATURALLY HAZARDOUS QUEENSLAND and the flood adaptation roadmap.
What are the enhanced skills, expanded responsibilities and enduring solutions to make this work?

Date: Thursday 9 May 2013
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm, registration from 8.30am, networking drinks from 5-6pm
Venue: The Lawson Ballroom, Novotel Brisbane, 200 Creek Street, Brisbane
Cost: $300 EIANZ Members, $375 non members, $100 students

The increasing frequency of natural hazardous events - floods, landslides and the odd bushfire - throughout Queensland is raising questions for the future. Namely:

  • Is a regular flood clean up and "mud army" the norm in the future?
  • What are the cost effective solutions - is it a big investment now so we reap dividends in the future?
  • What scenario do we plan for - is it the experienced of the last 100 years or is it really the next 100 years forecast?
  • Who best does what and where do the responsibilities for a resilient future reside?

At this forum a roadmap for a flood adaptation pathway will be presented. Is "living with natural hazards" the new paradigm? And how do we collectively use the mix of design, planning and smart implementation to make this adaptation real and successful?

The forum convenor Dr Piet Filet has assembled experienced presenters who will detail:

  • The current status of flood impacts across Queensland and what it means for organisations and landscapes
  • New thinking and insights from research and international experiences in adaptation and risk management
  • Skills and tools that can equip professionals on the adaptation pathway
  • New directions from the State government on natural hazard planning and the corporate sector on ways to implement resilience in a practical way.

The forum will also seek your input on what are current strengths in natural hazard risk management and what are the gaps in skills, policy and incentives. Additional information from forum participants on flood and climate risk analysis will be on offer at various display stands during the breaks and the event networking drinks.


Focus - Introduction
9:00 - 9.10 Jon Womersley - EIANZ-SEQ President
Purpose of the forum for environmental professionals
9:10 - 9:25 Welcome - Mayor Paul Pisasale, City of Ipswich
The collective effort required to plan and implement flood adaptation programs.
Focus - The impact of floods and features of the response
9:25 - 9:40 Graeme Milligan – QRA
Scale of recent natural hazard in Queensland - extent, cost and aspects of the recovery process
9:40 - 9:55 Steve Roso - Moreton Bay Regional Council
Impacts in the Moreton region and the scope of solutions required by a local government
9.55 - 10.10 Simon Warner - SEQ Catchments
Impacts on landscapes and scope of solutions required for landscape management
10.10 - 10.30 Mini Panel
Overview of impacts and questions from forum delegates
10.30 - 11.00 Morning Tea and Information Booths
Focus - Designing the adaptation roadmap with fresh insights
11:00 - 11:20 Dr David Rissik – NCCARF Adaptation research
Key findings on how organisations and communities need to better prepare
11:20 - 11:40 Paul Hart - Netherlands Water Partnership
International perspective on how governments and industry are responding to an adaptation pathway for floods
11:40 - 12:00 Dr Ryan McAllister – CSIRO
Evaluation of adaptation options based on property values and implementation costs and benefits
12:20 - 12:40 Prof Jon Olley - Griffith University
Role of landscapes as a resilience service for natural hazard events
12:40 - 13:00 Stephen Dredge - MWH
New approaches to land use planning that respond to adaptation needs
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch and Information Booths
13:45 - 14:10 Forum delegates and table facilitators
Patterns of experiences, capabilities and needs in natural hazard management
Focus - Tools, techniques and adaptation steps
14:10 - 14:25 Damian McGarry – Hydralogic
Floodplain management planning
14:25 - 14:40 Greg Fisk - WBM BMT
Steps to deal with coastal zone hazards
14:40 - 14:55 Ross Hardie – Alluvium
Steps to restore and retain/improve the functioning of creek and river riparian systems
14:55 - 15:10 Scott Losee – Katestone
Risk management, climate change analysis for the commercial sector
15:10 - 15:40 Afternoon Tea and Information Booths
Focus - Directions in Government and business adaptation solutions
15:40 - 16:00 Susan Mercer-Nightingale and Andrew de Silva - DSDIP
State Planning Policy - Natural Hazard planning requirements by all local government
16:00 - 16:20 Mara Bun - Green Cross
Climate adaptation plans and engagement of the community
16:20 - 16:40 Stephen Jeffery - Suncorp
The role of the insurance industry in the adaptation pathway
16:40 - 17:00 Dr Andrew Ash - CSIRO
Forum overview and next steps
17:00 - 18:00 Networking Drinks

Attendance at the seminar will contribute to meeting the obligations of members of the EIANZ and Certified Environmental Practitioners for continuing professional development.

This event will count as 7 points towards your EIANZ CEnvP Professional Development Log.

How to book.

Click here to download the flyer or click here book via the online registration below. Member's registering online will need log in using their username and password to automatically obtain the member discount.

We would like to thank our Partners

CDM Smith Minter Ellison

And our event Sponsor


Cancellation Policy
Full refunds will be given for any cancellations made one week prior to the Forum. Cancellations made less than one week but more than 24 hours prior to the breakfast will attract a 50% penalty. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to breakfast will attract the full 100% attendance fee. Delegates unable to attend are welcome to send an alternative delegate.

Diner and Visa card payments attract a 3.5% surcharge.

Event details

When: 9 May 2013

Cost: AU $ 395 (Inc. GST)

Registrations Open: 11th March 13 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 8th May 13 11:59 PM

Places Available: 11

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Published 11th March 13 12:00 AM