Tweed hosts floodplain conference
THE Tweed Shire will host the first national floodplain management conference in May 2013 after council’s successfully bid to the Floodplain Management Authorities (FMA).
Similar conferences have been held since 1961, but have always focused on individual state issues.
Tweed Shire Council flooding and stormwater engineer Ian Dinham, the FMA’s chairman-elect, believes there are val-uable lessons to be learnt from floodplain management authorities from throughout Australia, particularly in reference to recent flooding disasters in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
“Since the FMA conferences began in 1961, they have regularly included a few delegates from other states,” Mr Dinham said.
“But we are now gearing it up to gain a broader perspective on floodplain issues.
“It is a real honour for the Tweed to be chosen for the first national event.”
Mr Dinham said the Tweed area had been chosen because of its proximity to the international airport at Coolangatta and its conference and accommodation facilities.