Editorial June 2017

Many floodplain managers find it difficult, and a little daunting, to engage with communities in the development of flood studies and floodplain risk management plans. This is because they normally have a background in engineering and planning, with little or no training and experience in the social sciences where the field […] Read more »

The Great Hawkesbury Flood - 150 Years On

The month of June 2017 marked 150 years since one of the most disastrous floods to affect NSW in recorded history. The flood peaked at 19.7m at Windsor on the Hawkesbury River, much higher than the 15.1 m reached by the 1961 flood which is the largest in living memory. Flooding […] Read more »

Gundagai Sculpture Honours Wiradjuri Heroes of 1852 Flood

The bravery of local indigenous people saved the NSW town of Gundagai from complete destruction during the Great Flood of 1852.Two Wiradjuri men, Yarri and Jacky Jacky, risked their own lives to save the lives of their European neighbours, at a time when racial tensions between European settlers and indigenous […] Read more »

Cyclone Debbie Insurance Loss Rises

The projected costs of the Cyclone Debbie insurance bill has risen from $1.1 billion to $1.4 billion.   The damage from the cyclone was initially projected by insurance broker Aon Benfield (FM April 2017) to be $1.26 billion. However Perils AG, which provides insurance market data in relation to natural disasters, reported […] Read more »