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Queensland government announces flood management improvements

The Queensland government in Australia has detailed how it will fulfil infrastructure and flood management recommendations made earlier this month in the interim report of an inquiry into the floods that hit the area in January.

The government said it will introduce legislative changes to Chapter 2 of the Water Act 2000 by 1 October, which will allow the government to order a temporary reduction in reservoir levels before each wet season, if deemed appropriate due to increased flood risk. The government said it is not yet possible to predict whether the 2011/2012 wet season will require such measures.

The state government said it has already taken action to promote a greater correlation of land use planning and flood plain management, and also set out its plans to work with energy companies to ensure the resilience of energy supply to remote communities in a flood event.

“The Queensland government accepts, and will implement, all of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations relating to our agencies,” said Queensland premier and reconstruction minister Anna Bligh. “The Interim Report is our blueprint for action and this implementation plan details an additional $76M (£49M) over five years to improving our disaster response and flood infrastructure management.”

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  • Queensland has droughts and Australia has recently had extensive problems of lack of water due to prolonged droughts over several years. Is there not a risk in releasing scarce water from dams because of predictions of later massive storms? If the storms don't happen or bypass the area, the risk of critical water shortages is then further increased. Practically, how is this intended flood prevention scheme going to be implemented without causing these other problems; how reliable and accurate are storm predictions bearing in mind it takes time to lower reservoir levels and this would need to start some significant time before forecast floods impact on the area?

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