Residents needed to shape Ipswich’s plan for next big flood

Ipswich’s biggest flood study needs hundreds of residents to give their input during November.

The Ipswich Integrated Catchment Plan will be the most detailed and comprehensive study ever undertaken to make sure the community is ready, informed and resilient ahead of the next flood event.

Infrastructure and Environment General Manager Charlie Dill said residents could have their say via the Managing Future Floods page on Council’s engagement platform

“Much of the city is within the floodplain, and it is a reality of life in Ipswich that one day there will be another flood,” he said.

“This Plan will shape Council’s actions and future investment in everything from land use planning to new infrastructure, through to community awareness and waterway health.

“Everyone’s input is important – whether you live in a flood prone area or not. We want to hear from many different people with many different life experiences.

“The community input will be combined with extensive technical work to develop the Plan, which will chart the way forward for the whole city. These actions will be important for the whole community, whether or not they live in a flood prone area.”

The Ipswich Integrated Catchment Plan will fulfil a key recommendation from the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry. It also builds on important regional flood studies completed in collaboration with State Government and local councils.

“This Plan will go above and beyond the Commission’s recommendation, by adopting an approach that integrates flood risk mitigation with other elements of catchment management such as water quality and biodiversity,” Mr Dill said.

“I would encourage everyone to be involved in building Ipswich’s flood resilience and capability.”

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