Levee regulatory framework review
The review was undertaken in response to the Queensland Audit Office’s report on the flood resilience of river catchments and in consultation with the:
- Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Ipswich local governments
- Local Government Association of Queensland
- Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors
- relevant state agencies.
It focused on the implementation of the existing levee regulation, including identifying barriers to effective implementation and actions to address these barriers.
- Data needs analysis: In consultation with local governments, conduct a scoping study to identify gaps in data needed to support levee assessment, planning and compliance
- Support for assessments: Provide appropriate technical support for councils, together with advice and basic training on levee codes and guidelines on a needs basis
- Community education: Develop appropriate communication materials (e.g. information sheets) suitable for use by local governments to raise community awareness within their areas
- Codes and guidelines: Update the codes and guidelines applying to levees to improve efficiency and effectiveness in assessments and applications
- Monitoring and recordkeeping: Develop and maintain a basic levee recording system for the levee regulation
The engineering and environmental consulting firm BMT Pty Ltd was hired to address the review’s recommendations.
BMT consulted with local governments about their current data needs and their experience in levee assessment, planning and compliance.
Their report documents the findings of their investigation and includes tools to help local councils in their role as assessment manager.
- Read about the current regulations for constructing or modifying levees.
- Find out more about flood mitigation studies and dam reviews.
Last reviewed 28 November 2018