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In January 2013, ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald devastated the Bundaberg region. Approximately:

  • 2400 properties were destroyed or damaged
  • 7000 people were evacuated
  • 600 businesses were damaged.

As a result of this devastation, the Queensland Government has determined to develop a 10-year action plan for major flood mitigation in Bundaberg.

A 10-year action plan for Bundaberg

The Bundaberg flood protection study is a vital component of the Queensland Government's commitment to develop a 10-year action plan for major flood mitigation works in the Bundaberg region.

Building on the work done by the Bundaberg Regional Council, the 10-year action plan will harness the collective knowledge of the Bundaberg community, experts and government to prioritise cost-effective flood mitigation solutions for Bundaberg's people, homes, businesses and economy.

  • Flood review: The government engaged Jacobs, an internationally recognised engineering firm, to undertake an independent review of previous flood studies, floodplain risk management plans and the community consultation process.
  • Consultation: Consultation was held in late 2015 to capture local knowledge about flooding events and ideas for solutions. The outcomes of this consultation informed the mitigation options currently being assessed. Consultation on the options assessment is now complete and Jacobs will prepare a report detailing the outcomes of stage 2 community engagement by the end of 2016.
  • Assessment: A range of flood mitigation options are being assessed. Information on the options and the outcomes of the options assessment are below.
  • Delivery: The Bundaberg flood protection study is due to be completed in late 2016. Engagement on the 10-year action plan will occur in 2017.

Download the fact sheet (PDF icon 196 KB) for a summary of the stages.

Next steps

The Bundaberg flood protection study is due to be completed by the end of 2016. Engagement on the 10-year action plan will occur in 2017.

The Queensland Government will continue to engage with the Bundaberg community as the action plan develops.

Stage 2: evaluating flood mitigation options and develop action plan

During stage 2, information sessions were held allowing community members to find out more about the flood mitigation options identified in stage 1 and stage 2 and to provide feedback.

The following discussion papers were prepared for the 11 flood mitigation options. These provided the community with an overview of the flood mitigation options and the findings of the options assessment.

  • Option A: Burnett River conveyance improvement
  • Option B: North Bundaberg floodway
  • Option C: Bundaberg North levee and floodway
  • Option D: Bundaberg East levee
  • Option E: Fairymead levee removal
  • Option F: Millaquin bend
  • Option G: Elliot River Diversion
  • Option H: Improving emergency access to Don Tallon Bridge
  • Option I: Dams in the upper catchment
  • Option J: Floodway house purchase scheme
  • Option K: Upper floodplain evacuation improvements

Information is now available to help you learn more about each of the flood mitigation options and the findings of the options assessment.

Discussion papers have been prepared for the 11 flood mitigation options. These provide an overview of the flood mitigation options and the findings of the options assessment.

Option A: Burnett River conveyance improvement

Option B: Bundaberg North floodway

Option C: Bundaberg North levee and floodway

Option D: Bundaberg East levee

Option E: Fairymead levee removal

Option F: Millaquin Bend

Option G: Elliot River Diversion

Option H: Improving emergency access to Tallon Bridge

Option I: Dams in the upper catchment

Option J: Floodway house purchase scheme

Option K: Upper floodplain evacuation improvements

Interactive mapping

Mapping is available so you can see how each of the flood mitigation options would change flooding in your area. View the maps.

Stage 1: review and consultation

Stage 1 of the independent study was undertaken by Jacobs in November 2015. The study involved a review of previous flood studies and a public consultation period to capture local knowledge about flooding and potential flood solutions.

This was the first phase of consultation in the development of the 10-year action plan for major flood mitigation works in the Bundaberg region.

The outcomes of this consultation and Jacobs' independent reviews are now available for public review. Please refer to downloadable documents in the resources section below.

We appreciate the valuable contribution the community has made to existing studies and again, to this most recent one.

Read the Bundaberg flood protection scoping study stage 1 reports: