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Australia: Queensland floods 2010-2011

Total number of news: 27

date: 11 February 2013
Source(s): Telegraph, the; Daily Telegraph, the; Sunday Telegraph, the - Australia

In the wake of the recent Queensland floods, a debate has emerged about how to avoid future flood related damage. 'Very little flood mapping was done', and urban development on floodplains was not discouraged, says one expert. Thus, flood damage costs have risen significantly in the past few decades...

date: 24 September 2012
Source(s): My Sunshine Coast Life

'The Government will, as a matter of urgency, assess its recommendations and analysis so we can learn from, then improve, our approaches to future flood mitigation,' Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said...

date: 19 April 2012
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

'That'll be to identify the risks and help prioritise and implement the mitigation strategies and that will be funded through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program,' said Acting corporate services general manager Ian Stevenson...

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date: 2 April 2012
Source(s): Conversation Media Group, the

'Is this the time for a comprehensive and integrated body of disaster law to emerge in Australia rather than continuing to think that disaster laws are all about emergency responses?' asks Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at University of Sydney...

date: 28 March 2012
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

Despite immense insured losses of USD 116 billion (a 142% increase over the previous year) arising from record earthquake and flood losses, the insurance industry weathered the year well and played a key role in risk management and post-disaster recovery financing...

date: 26 March 2012
Source(s): Brookings Institution, the

The Brookings report found that 'In comparison with the previous decade, the number of disasters and the number of people affected by disasters in 2011 were both below average. But 2011 was the most expensive year in history in terms of disaster losses — primarily because of the $210 billion loss experienced by Japan'...

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date: 16 March 2012
Source(s): Insurance Council of Australia (ICA)

'Insurance can’t stop the floods – governments are charged with protecting communities, and we have seen the impact this has when mitigation is either insufficient or does not exist,' said ICA Chief Executive Rob Whelan...

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date: 23 February 2012
Source(s): Australian, the

'We just can't go on ladling more costs on to individual consumers to the point that people can't afford insurance. When people can't afford insurance then the government ends up paying, so the government must mitigate,' said Suncorp chief executive...

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date: 17 February 2012
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

'I think from the long-term point of view of resilience, we need to methodically go through these areas that have been effected and look at mitigation steps we can take,' said Federal Minister for Emergency Services Robert McLelland...

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date: 17 January 2012
Source(s): ZDNet, CBS Interactive

'The research reveals that in spite of reports indicating the average incident can cost up to $US500,000, disaster recovery plans among Australian businesses is not as widespread as imagined, particularly when it comes to the workplace'...

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date: 10 January 2012
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

'They might not necessarily prevent flooding but certainly some of the things that are proposed should help mitigate against some of the effects of flooding,' said Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire...

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date: 4 January 2012
Source(s): Conversation Media Group, the

The global tourism industry is increasingly resilient to both natural and man made threats. The effective management of natural disasters is enacted in four phases: readiness, reduction, response and recovery...

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date: 28 October 2011
Source(s): APN News & Media

The Insurance Council of Australia last week launched the HardenUp disaster resilience portal, which provides consumers with an opportunity to learn more about their local community's climate data and projections in preparation for future flood events...

 Photo by Flickr user, Geotherf, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

date: 12 July 2011
Source(s): Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)

An exceptional accumulation of very severe natural catastrophes makes 2011 the highest-ever loss year on record, even after the first half-year says the re-insurance company. Most of the losses were caused by the earthquake in Japan on 11 March...

date: 20 May 2011
Source(s): Lloyd's

Insurers have an important role to play in helping to mitigate supply chain risk, in addition to the preventative role of risk engineering, effective contingency planning and other risk management responses says a recent press release from the insurance market, Lloyds...

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date: 20 April 2011
Source(s): Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Digital Network (SMH)

'The catastrophe events that have taken place this year [..] are part of Australia's really long history of floods, fires, droughts' said Belinda Hutchinson, chairman of Australia's insurer, QBE. Australia is one of the many countries that will be present at the Global Platform in May...

date: 10 March 2011
Source(s): Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Digital Network (SMH)

In a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, State Treasurer Andrew Fraser said that it is unlikely that Queensland will find affordable natural hazard insurance for its infrastructure, but will 'jump through hoops' anyway to meet the requirements of the flood levy...

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date: 4 March 2011
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A review into disaster insurance and the potential need for a national disaster fund has been ordered by the Australian government today, in light of the economically devastating floods and cylones that recently hit Queensland, reports Reuters...

date: 28 February 2011
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

One of the largest insurance company's (QBE) chief executive, Frank O'Halloran said, in an interview with ABC, that the Queensland floods and the earthquake in Christchurch have forced a rethinking of the risk strategy for the region...

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date: 25 February 2011
Source(s): Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Digital Network (SMH)

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) blames the poor national database for their inability to provide flood cover, which caused many home owners to be without cover when floods swept across Queensland and parts of Victoria recently, reports the Sydney Morning Herald: 'Flood mapping is a national infrastructure responsibility'...

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date: 15 February 2011
Source(s): Verisk Maplecroft

'The role of climate change in the recent catalogue of meteorological disasters will be hotly debated. It is widely acknowledged that a warming world will impact cyclone activity and rainfall patterns. However, the impact on the intensity of La Niña events remains uncertain' asserts the Maplecroft environmental briefing...

date: 7 February 2011
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

The Queensland Government has stated that the water released from Wivenhoe Dam prior to the flooding in Brisbane last month may not have helped the situation. 'Some of the work that's already been done shows that if you reduce Wivenhoe Dam by certain amounts, modelled against the flooding event we saw last month, it wouldn't have had a noticeable impact' said Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson...

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date: 24 January 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Some 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people in 2010, affecting nearly 208 million others and costing nearly US$110 billion, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)...

date: 19 January 2011
Source(s): Macquarie University

'If we truly wish to reduce the scale of future disasters in Australia, we need risk-informed land planning policies with risks appropriately priced by an active insurance market. In simple terms, for flood and bushfire, this means an end to unmanaged development of flood plains or within bushlands, say Macquarie University's John McAneney and Kevin Roche...

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date: 12 January 2011
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Climate change has 'likely intensified the monsoon rains that have triggered record floods in Australia's Queensland state', scientists said on Wednesday, with several months of heavy rain and storms still to come, reports Reuters...

date: 29 December 2010
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Floods in Australia again underline the need for all countries – both developed and developing – to plan ahead or face increasing economic losses in the face of a 'new normal' marked by unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, says UNISDR, asking 'Where are we exposing ourselves to unnecessary risk? In cases where risks are known, what can governments and communities do to make society more resilient?...'

date: 13 September 2010
Source(s): University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Emergency authorities must understand the psychology of people who live in flood or earthquake-prone areas if they are to help them prepare for disaster, according to research by a University of Tasmania academic.