Interest in the Book
At this Flood Community of Practice event on Thursday 31 October, 2019, 40 participants joined to hear Margaret highlights on the book. Questions from the audience explored issues such as – what were her various sources, how do highlight finds in this type of research come about and what motivated her to write this book?
A particular passion was to shine a spot light on the many people over the years who add a strong personal touch to the account – whether they are everyday professionals, decision makers/politicians or vigilant community members. Also a major purpose of the book is to heighten the level of public and community awareness of how to better live with floods and that indeed the River was long here before the City came: so who needs to best adapt to who??
David Fagan – author and past journalist – also joined as a special guest. The way that newspapers report on flood events can have a strong bearing on public sentiment – and telling the story of being prepared and to be proactive is a challenge. David highlighted that Brisbane as a city has embraced the River as an asset and with major developments now hugging the River bank is very much part of the lifestyle locals cherish. So for future flood events how will the expectations from future impacts be managed??