Field Trips are included in full conference and Wednesday registration fee. Please select which field trip option you would like to attend when you register for the conference.

FT1: Gowrie Creek Flood Mitigation Works (longer tour)

2.15pm – 5.30pm

Gowrie Creek Flood Mitigation Works (short tour) Council has progressively been implementing flood mitigation works on the upper reaches of Gowrie Creek to provide flood protection for both residential areas and the CBD.  Following the 2011 floods, funds were received to accelerate the flood mitigation program resulting in the construction of several major detention basins and significant upgrades to the urban waterways of East and West Creeks.  Features of the tour include constructed wetlands, detention basins and waterway rehabilitation works that have been integrated into existing residential parklands. Although designed primarily as flood mitigation and protection works, the success of these projects has been due to the enhanced landscape, riparian habitat areas for long-term biodiversity and integration with recreational parkland space.

FT2: Grantham 2011 Flood Tour

3.10pm – 5.30pm

Grantham was severely damaged by flooding on 10 January 2011. A number of lives were lost, and the community faced unprecedented levels of property damage, with more than 130 houses damaged of which 29 were destroyed. Following the event Lockyer Valley Regional Council offered flood affected residents the opportunity to swap their land for a block located on a flood free hill adjacent to the Grantham township. The tour to Grantham will include discussion of the flood and recovery, and progress of the land swap program.

FT 3: 2012 Toowoomba Never Floods Exhibition at Cobb + Co Museum

3.10pm – 5.00pm

Toowoomba never floods, it’s on top of a mountain range’.  These words were repeated across the Nation in January 2010. Yet Toowoomba like much of Queensland did flood, tragically. Cobb+Co Museum opened its Toowoomba Never Floods exhibition in 2012 to acknowledge the enormous rescue and recovery effort by the local community in response to the floods of 2010-2011.

This digital presentation and Curator talk presented by Jeff Powell, Curator will focus on the impact of the flood on Cobb+Co Museum, historical images of floods in the region from the 1800s to 2011, video footage of the 2011 flood, objects from the exhibition and the importance of the development of the exhibition in helping to heal the community.

Key Dates

Closing Date for Abstract:
28th October 2019
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Abstract Notifications:
16th December 2019
Early & Author Registrations Deadline:
20th March 2020

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