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Queensland floods 2011

Queensland Flood Funds - Nick Xenophon Inquiry into Queensland Government relationships with Insurers

Nick Xenophon has initiated a parliamentary inquiry with very wide terms which should reveal any relationships between the Queensland Government and Queensland insurance terms for people affected by floods in that State. Since the Queensland Government has been responsible for the planning that has led to building on known floodplains, I would hope that the inquiry will receive and make public any documents revealing how the Government and insurers dealt with these risks in advance. The Inquiry asks for documentation going back to 2000.

Australia Day Hero - kangaroo rescuer Ray Cole

Mr Cole, originally from Preston in Victoria, is a humble and ordinary man with compassion. To oppose the police and go ahead and rescue a struggling joey, in deep murky water, was a courageous and selfless act. He saw a struggling creature needing help, and did what he could.

Those least able to afford insurance hit by worst of Brisbane flooding

A Brisbane resident, who experienced the 1974 floods as a child and who works, part-time, as a volunteer, reading the Courier Mail daily newspaper to the sight-impaired on Brisbanes's Radio 4RPH describes her experiences of the recent Brisbane flash floods, how her mother's unstilted house (older houses in Queensland are on stilts, for reasons which should be obvious) in the river-side suburb of Oxley was almost completely submerged and of the kindness shown to her mother by other Brisbane residents. Only one Queensland insurer provides flood insurance - the old government insurer which was privatised in 1996 - but at a price only the rich could afford.

Why most natural disasters aren't natural at all

From the point of view of many humans, the term "natural disaster" is a convenient scapegoat because it allow a person (or a whole nation) to blame nature for their own poor planning. From Natural News. Originally republished on this site here amongst comments relating to the Queensland floods.

Royal Commission needed over developers' power and planning

Rapacious development in fast-growing Queensland magnified the horror of Australia's epic floods, experts said, with natural buffers paved over by concrete and new construction paying scant heed to environmental risks. Experts said the rapid development of Brisbane and surrounding areas had worsened the damage by replacing absorbent green corridors with cement, and by erecting new buildings on vulnerable sites.

See also: Forum discussion - Water policy after the flood, Crowded Flood-path: Lockyer-Valley, Wivenhoe Dam and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 2011, Cost of Queensland floods made worse by government policy on land-use planning and population by Sheila Newman, Council rates system destroys urban rainforest and community in Brisbane by Geoffrey Taylor.

Crowded Flood-path: Lockyer-Valley, Wivenhoe Dam and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 2011

The Lockyer-Valley, Queensland, was the site of February 11-1-2011's devastating floods, including the ferocious flash floods on Murphys Creek. It shapes the pathway of the waters heading down to Brisbane and overfilling the Wivenhoe Dam, which is poised above that city. These photos from Google-Earth showing the topography (the form of the land) give many clues to the severity of the flooding. This article also asks questions about the Wivenhoe Dam and Government responsibility for its overfilling. In the Murphy's Creek flash flood, it seems you had weeks of rain causing totally sodden land, which could absorb no more rain, so when there were 60 solid minutes of rain, the denuded floodplains must have been like a smooth bath-tub. If you look at the area, the Lockyer Valley is a patchwork of treeless crop-sown riverflats with very little absorptive capacity. All around the valley are hills, feeding the river system. You can see Forest Hill bang smack in a river junction on the right and Toowoomba far left. Running down by the center of the valley is a huge long tarmacked highway

Se also: Our Rain Garden on US web site of Ladue Environmental Action Force.

Cost of Queensland floods made worse by government policy on land-use planning and population

This year many Australians may wish they had a backyard to grow food in. Already impoverished by rising costs for rent, land and power, this year we will see food go through the roof as the impact of the floods in Queensland and Northern New South Wales carries through to the supermarkets and then to interest rates on mortgages and other loans. And, since so many of us rely on jobs in the cities originally generated by the production, transport and packaging of food from the country, unemployment will make things worse. When Australians find that their wages no longer cover the cost of food this year, perhaps more will understand why there are so many articles on this website protesting about the loss of backyard and the rise of Food Inc.

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