- Adopted at Council Meeting - 27 March 2019
- New Flood Information can be used for building and planning purposes.
This webpage has been set up to provide information on five revised and one new flood risk study adopted by Council on 27 March 2019. These studies inform habitable floor levels under the Building Act 1975 and will be used to update the Flood Hazard Area under the Planning Scheme.
All the flood risk studies are undertaken in-line with industry best practice, Queensland Flood Commission recommendations, national standards and guidelines for flood risk assessment and catchment modelling. Improvements in the flood detail, extents and accuracy have been gained in the latest modelling. The information ensures that the community has the most up-to-date information about the risks to life and property from flood.
Council will issue notices to owners of affected properties in May 2019. The notice will include a letter stating how the flood hazard affects their property, a general factsheet on the amendments, a catchment specific factsheet and a property specific flood search report. Online interactive flood hazard area mapping and catchment specific depth mapping can be viewed via the link on this page. The Document Library and FAQ's on this page also contain further information.
Following the extensive 2010/11 Queensland flood events, the Queensland Government established the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry on 17 January 2011 to investigate matters relating to the floods. The Commission’s findings were publically released in March 2012, which amongst many other things, recommended that flood risk mapping be enhanced across the state.
In response to the Commission’s recommendations, Council is committed to an ongoing program of works to:
1. Improve the detail and accuracy of existing flood modelling; and
2. Undertake flood modelling for areas which have no existing flood risk information.
In 2017/18 Council undertook six studies across the region to identify and refine flood hazard maps for areas that are subject to flooding. These studies were undertaken by specialist engineers and incorporate the latest data and modelling techniques. The six flood studies which have recently been completed are for the following catchments:
• Eli Creek
• Pulgul Creek
• Tooan Tooan Creek, including Lowlands Lagoons
Additionally, revisions to incorporate extra detail to the mapped flood extents are being pursued for:
• Bunya Creek
At its Ordinary meeting on 27 March 2019, Council adopted the revised Flood Hazard Area and Defined Flood Levels for the purpose of:
1. Setting minimum habitable floor levels (MHFL) for development assessable under Section
13(1)(b) of the Building Regulation 2006; and
2. Identifying the Flood Hazard Area in the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme under the Planning
Council is proposing to amend the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 Flood Hazard Overlay Mapping to reflect the flood hazard area identified through the flood studies. Council regularly proposes changes to the planning scheme. Changes might be needed for various reasons including to ensure that it remains up to date with the best way of addressing land use and development issues and so that it continues to meet changing community needs and aspirations.