Included in all full conference registrations and Wednesday day registration fees and please select one tour when you register.
FT1: Newcastle Harbour Boat Cruise Short Tour
Enjoy a two hour Newcastle Harbour Tour and take in the sights of the vibrant and ever changing foreshore of Newcastle Harbour and the activity within the working shipping port. Including the Stockton Bridge, former BHP Steel Works Channel, Foreshore to Nobbys Head.
Seats on the boat field trip are limited please book early.
FT2: Wallsend CBD Short Tour
The short field trip shall explore the flood behaviour of the Wallsend CBD and share stories of the recent flooding and flash flood alert service outcomes. The Wallsend CBD is prone to flood and experiences significant inundation on a frequency of at least once a decade. Wallsend residents have endured a flood or two, and as a result have developed a keen interest in building resilience and reducing flood risk. Newcastle City Council is in the midst of implementing a specific floodplain risk management plan adopted in 2009. One of the achievements of the plan is a state of the art flash flood alert service that has been trialled in the January 2016 event, which is now operating permanently. In addition, detailed design is in progress to upgrade road bridges over Ironbark Creek in the CBD to improve conveyance.
FT3: Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme Long Tour
Please note that this tour will involve coach travel of over one hour each way.
The long tour will explore the HVFM scheme. The HVFM scheme is an integrated network of levees designed to provide protection to approximately 18,000 hectares of agricultural land some 3,000 buildings, (the number of buildings is based on information previously reporting from the late 1990’s and would be higher now). The scheme provides minor flood protection to the rural areas, to avoid nuisance flooding, and moderate flood protection to the major urban areas.
In 2015 the scheme was valued $863 million and consists of:
- 185km levees;
- 4.2km spillways;
- 165km drainage channels;
- 257 floodgates; and
- 36km of bank protection/stabilisation work
The tour will include flood mitigation and environmental restoration sites between Newcastle and the City of Maitland, which was evacuated during the June 2007 flood.