New hearings will consider the performance of insurance companies in the aftermath of last summer’s floods.
New hearings will consider the performance of insurance companies in the aftermath of last summer’s floods. Chris Ison

Floods inquiry returns to CQ

THE Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry will return to Central Queensland next month to hear evidence about the performance of insurance companies.

People who lost property to the severe weather that struck the region last summer are being encouraged to provide the inquiry with information about their experiences with insurance providers.

The commission will sit in Emerald on September 29, and although hearings have been announced during October in Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie, Ipswich and Brisbane, there are no plans to revisit Rockhampton despite the fact that hundreds of householders and businesses suffered material losses in the flooding.

The second round of hearings will also consider broader, long-term issues surrounding land use, but Rockhampton Regional Council has confirmed that it has not been requested to appear and has no plans to make a submission.

The council says it intends to publish a new map in the next few months to show the expected impact on the region of a Q100 flood.

The height of a Q100 flood in Rockhampton has been revised down slightly to 9.38m at the city gauge. It is the predicted maximum height of a once-in-100-years flood.

The new map is expected to show the parts of the city that would be inundated in such an event that were not flooded earlier this year.

In answer to questions from The Morning Bulletin, a council spokesman said the Fitzroy River Flood Study included model

ling on the height and speed of water in the flood plain and would provide useful information to those working on future flood-proofing of Rockhampton Airport.

But the council would not be drawn on specific predictions of where floodwaters redirected from the airport would go or their likely impact on homes in other low-lying parts of the city.

The Bulletin understands that some submitters to the inquiry have already raised concerns that any further work to flood-proof the airport could have damaging consequences for Wandal and Park Avenue.

To make a submission to the commission, call 1300 309 634 or email

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