Flood Management

Flood Review Management Study

The Flood Review and Management Study was funded (90%) under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, a joint initiative of the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.

The scope of the Flood Review and Management Study has been to:

  1. Review the flood events of December 2010 /January 2011 across the whole region in regard to community impacts and emergency response/capability; and
  2. Develop a regional flood management plan for the entire Western Downs region that identifies strategies for future mitigation, disaster management preparedness, and response.

This study has been completed by consultants British Maritime Technologies - Winders, Barlow, Morrison (BMT WBM). Due to the multidiscipline nature of the project and to ensure that it supports other current and future Council projects, the Flood Review and Management Study Project Reference Group was established and consulted regularly during the life of the project.
The study recommends a range of broad mitigation strategies from improved community preparedness to significant infrastructure.

The study's recommendation of a number of flood levy bank options in Dalby and Chinchilla resulted in Council successfully applying for funding under the Queensland Government's 2013-14 Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Initiative. This funding is enabling Council to undertake feasibility studies into the construction of flood levies in Dalby and Chinchilla. This body of work is due for completion by June 2014.

Funding toward significant flood mitigation infrastructure will be sought under the next round of Royalties for Regions.


Flood Review Management Study Documents

Please be aware that some of the following documents are very large and may take some time to download. The document sizes are noted next to the document.

Western Downs Regional Council Flood Review Stage 1 Report February 2013 (8,277KB)

Summary Report - Western Downs Floodplain Risk Management Study July 2013 (4,337KB)
Front Cover (546KB)
Overview (1,007KB)
Data and Methodology (489KB)
LGA Wide Assessments (2,704KB)
Overview Community Assessments (342KB)
Community Specific Reports Cover (138KB)
Community Specific Report - Dalby (3,109KB)
Community Specific Report - Chinchilla (3,135KB)
Community Specific Report - Jandowae (5,849KB)
Community Specific Report - Miles (2,763KB)
Community Specific Report - Tara (6,271KB)
Community Specific Report - Wandoan (5,584KB)
Community Specific Report - Meandarra (4,802KB)
Community Specific Report - Warra (4,805KB)
Community Specific Report - Condamine (5,866KB)
Regional Recommendations (12KB)
Community Specific Recommendations (69KB)


Dalby Floodline

The floodline for Dalby has now been added to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website. This is a reasonably accurate representation of the highest recorded flood levels that occurred in Dalby as a result of rainfall events in the December 2010 and January 2011 season.

Interactive map – Dalby Flood Levels
2010-2011 event

At the search box “Enter Your Address” just type Dalby and hit locate to view the whole town. The flood line is considered interim, awaiting community feedback on any inaccuracies. Feedback can be supplied on the website via the Community Feedback button.