Hypothetical – February 4, 2016

Looking back from after the Brisbane River 2036 flood, what did we do over the last 20 years to minimise the flood impacts and build community, environmental and economic resilience???

There is wide agreement that a scenario of a major Brisbane River flood will occur sometime in the future.  So what can be shared, learnt and foreshadowed in advance of such an event?

This Hypothetical was designed to bring together leading practitioners and academics to stimulate and engage discussion and deeper thinking with professionals associated with the diverse set of responsibilities associated with flood risk and emergency management. On the day 200 professionals from south-east Queensland, interstate and the Netherlands came together at the QUT Garden’s Point campus to participate in this facilitated Hypothetical.

The efforts of all the presenters are shared here in a combined video and slide presentation along with a summary highlight prepared by a graphic facilitator.

The event was sponsored by support from Queensland Urban Utilities, Water Technology and the QUT Business School.  The participation and interest from members of the Flood Community of Practice and the QUT Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management network was significant and ensured the day had a diversity of experiences and viewpoints.

Download agenda and presenter bios.

Welcome addresses from QUT and the Deputy Premier

Prof Carol Dickenson, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, QUT

Hon Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad, Deputy Premier

The opportunity for Dutch – Australian collaboration on water and flood management

Willem Cosijn, Consul General – Kingdom of the Netherlands

Scene-setting insights

David Fagan and Prof George Cairns, QUT

The weather in 2036

Dr Blair Trewin, Bureau of Meteorology

Living on the Brisbane River Floodplain in 2036

Cathryn Chatburn, Urban Enquiry

Dr Mark Gibbs, QUT

A major flood event in the Brisbane River

Michel Raymond, SEQ Water

Impacts on safer communities

Prof Axel Bruns, Dr Amisha Mehta and Emma Potter, QUT

Impacts on critical infrastructure

Don Bletchley, DTMR

Impacts on healthy environment

Dr Jim Smart, Griffith University

Impacts on business continuity

Phil Cowling, Cromwell Projects and Technical Services

Summary of outcomes and wrap up

Mara Bun, Green Cross Australia