Managed Retreat from the Floodplain – Lessons from USA case studies and what it might mean for Australia?

Opportunity for this Seminar

Through the Flood Community of Practice partners at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University we were introduced to Prof Nichols Pinter in advance of his trip to Australia.  Based on his research expertise – Managed Retreats – and an interest  in Australian case studies on managed retreat, we were able to have Nicholas visit us here in Brisbane.

Nicholas was more than happy to provide a seminar presentation on case studies of 30 “managed retreats” – starting back  in  1881.  What a rich history this is.  And please look through his presentation below to appreciate this evolving process over time.

As a complimentary activity, Nicholas had a one day tour of Grantham a local SEQ town that since the extreme flood event of 2011 has also undergone a managed retreat. Guiding Nicholas on this tour was Jamie Simmonds, currently National Development Manager at Sentinel Property Group, but back in 2011 joined Lockyer Valley Regional Council to assist past Mayor Steve Jones undertake this unique initiative.

At the seminar presentation, Jamie together with Dorean Erhart – a climate change professional – formed a panel to provide additional feedback to the audience on the challenges on responding to flood and inundation risk.  More follows on the video clips.

Participants at the Event – 14 March 2019

With an interest  of 50 participants, the night saw a diverse mix of colleagues from:

Local and State Governments:
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Local Government Association Queensland
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority
  • Department of Environment & Sciences
Water Utilities
  • SEQWater
  • Dutch Regional Water Authority – Waterschap Vallei en Veluwe
Research & Capacity Building
  • Griffith University
  • International water Centre
  • CRC Water Sensitive Cities
  • Southern Cross University – national Centre for Flood Research
  • University of California Davies
Industry & Consultants
  • Arup
  • Bligh Tanner
  • Core Project Advsiory
  • GHD
  • Hydrorock Australia
  • Jacobs
  • KBR
  • MerdianUrban
  • Phoneix Resilience
  • RED Consultant
  • RW&A
  • SMEC
  • Suncorp
  • Water Modelling Solutions
  • Water Technology

The presentation provides a unique case study insight into a range of various managed retreats – you will not believe the mix of motivations and process for change that has occurred – beware the architect who meets the Government bureaucrat- scandal follows!!!

As an additional bonus we have three video clips of the various presentations.

Click on one of the  following U Tube videos if you would like to;

See and follow Nicholas’s presentation

Hear the various questions to Nicholas

Follow the mix of questions to the panel team