Independent review to look at flood warning systems

THE Inspector-General of Emergency Management has been commissioned to undertake an independent review into the warning systems provided by Seqwater and SunWater to communities downstream of their dams.

Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller said that, following a request from the Minister for Water Supply Mark Bailey, the Inspector-General would review current communications systems and ways to improve them.

Minister Bailey told State Parliament today it was crucial for communities, including irrigators, living and working downstream of the dams to receive timely and clear notifications of any controlled dam gate openings.

"Queenslanders have shown great resilience in dealing with extreme weather, but it's important for communities to be informed and prepared".

A record 183 millimetres of rain fell across south east Queensland during the 1 May flood - the highest since records began in 1840.

"When concerns were raised by mid-Brisbane River irrigators about Seqwater's notifications for controlled water releases on 1 May, I called in the CEO and stressed the importance of providing concise, clear and accurate communications with the community and all stakeholders."

Mr Bailey said considerable changes had been made to dam operations in recent years, including those that arose from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.

The Inspector-General's review will focus on Seqwater and SunWater's gated dams, including the Wivenhoe and Callide dams.

 


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