2011 flood response
Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry
In January 2011, the Queensland Government established a statewide Commission of Inquiry to forensically examine the 2011 flood disaster.
The Commission's Queensland Floods Inquiry Interim Report was released on 1 August.
The report examines a range issues relating to flood preparedness, and makes 175 recommendations focused on changes which can be implemented before the next wet season.
As part of its response to the recommendations, the State Government commissioned an independent report investigating options for increasing the flood mitigation performance of Wivenhoe Dam. The report was completed in December 2011.
On 20 January 2011, the then Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade, Stephen Robertson, released a redacted version of the Manual of operational procedures for flood mitigation at Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam (PDF, 1.7M)*.
This manual was later superseded. The latest version of the manual (PDF)* can be found on the website of Seqwater.
Other documents related to the operation of the following dams and relevant to the inquiry are available to view and download:
- North Pine Dam – January 2011 Flood Event - Report on the operation of North Pine Dam, 11 March 2011
- Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams – January 2011 Flood Event - Report on the operation of Somerset Dam and Wivenhoe, 2 March 2011
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Last updated 9 December 2011