Qld Floods Commission of Inquiry

March 18, 2012


Like many others (erm,  sure) I’m spending a few Sunday afternoon hours in the company of the 600 odd page Qld Floods Commission of Inquiry Final Report released on March 16, 2012.

Requirement 2.11 strikes me as understandably impatient with the familiar bureaucratic wrangling and argy-bargy that goes on around government spatial data repositories. Section  2.5.5 Central repository of flood study data (pp 58 – 59)  deals swiftly with the submissions as to which agency should be responsible, what data should be included , who should have access.

A telling comment… “The panel of experts … was frustrated in their consideration of the Brisbane River and Bremer River Q100 levels by the lack of a central repository for data needed for flood studies… “.

Recommendation 2.11 seems almost impatient:.=

2.11  “..the Queensland Government and Commonwealth Government should ensure the existence and maintenance of a repository of data of the type used in flood studies. The database should include the types of data which the expert panel specified as needed for a comprehensive flood study. Councils, Queensland and Commonwealth Government agencies and dam operators should be able to deposit and obtain access to data. “

The recommendation establishes the immediate priorities and scope with regards to the information required for flood modelling.

” The Commission has only considered the appropriate characteristics of the repository through the prism of what is required for flood studies used in land planning. The repository could be useful for other agencies or address other data deficiencies….. Whether the repository is used to fulfil those purposes is a question for those responsible for the repository”

Now, what I think they are trying to say is, “Get on with it”.


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Extensive experience working in government spatial data infrastructure. Over ten years as a bridge maker in emergency services, with strong partnering skills providing leadership for spatial information strategy.

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