The new ‘norm’

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

MA­JOR flood events are

be­com­ing the norm.

Engi­neer­ing mod­el­ling has shown that con­vert­ing large ar­eas of rain­for­est into ur­ban sprawl flood­plains ex­ac­er­bates the mag­ni­tude of flash flood­ing.

In­surance pre­mi­ums will in­crease as ad­versely-af­fected prop­erty val­ues de­crease.

Land devel­op­ers and plan­ners in­volved in ex­ten­sive clear­ing of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment should be sub­ject to a levy to cover the costs of down­stream flood mit­i­ga­tion and clean-up. — Tom Avery Can­non­vale

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