Premier Anna Bligh.
Premier Anna Bligh.

Floodplain mapping plan

THE largest floodplain mapping initiative in the state's history is now under way.

"This initiative brings together, for the first time, an option for councils which strengthens the connection between land use planning and flood plain management," Premier Anna Bligh said.

"This is a new broader approach to floodplain mapping developed on a whole of catchment view rather than council by council."

The draft Planning for Stronger, More Resilient Floodplains guideline has been developed in consultation with more than 10 councils, the LGAQ, Geosciences Australia, and the Fitzroy Basin Association.

Planning for stronger, more resilient floodplains includes an interim mapping product and development controls that councils can consider for existing planning schemes.

"Sensible planning on floodplains is not about stopping development. We are simply saying extra caution needs to be shown about the location of developments and the types of structures built."

The new floodplain maps can be viewed at www.qld.gov.au/floodcheck.

Combined with existing floodplain mapping, this will represent coverage for about 90% of Queensland's population.

"What has become abundantly clear across the State is that the ability of some housing types, such as the traditional Queenslander, to withstand a flood is far superior to a slab-on-ground house construction," Ms Bligh said.

The floodplains guideline and associated maps will be open for comment and submission until November 11 at www.qldrecons

truction.org.au.


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