Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy

Working together towards a shared vision of flood resilience

Flood waters don’t respect boundaries, so the Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy is our guide to work together towards a shared vision of flood resilience, to better prepare for the future and keep our communities safe by coordinating efforts, sharing knowledge and capability. 

The Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy is our locally-led and regionally-coordinated blueprint, to leverage the existing resilience of our communities. It unites our community-led approach to flood resilience with innovative and coordinated opportunities to further reduce our region’s flood risk and strengthen the resilience of our townships, economy, infrastructure and the environment.

Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy

Video: The Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy

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Implementation

Implementation of the Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy will be overseen by the following eight project partner councils:

  • Barcaldine Regional Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Mackay Regional Council
  • Tablelands Regional Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council.

Project background

In recent years, the Burdekin and Haughton catchments have experienced repeated and severe flooding events that have impacted the properties and livelihoods of those living and working in the Burdekin and Haughton Catchments.

The $1 million Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy project was approved as part of the $242 million Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) Category C and D package jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to support Queensland communities in their recovery following the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough disaster event from 25 January to 14 February 2019.

Video: Learn about the Burdekin and Haughton catchments

The Burdekin River catchment includes two main tributaries, the Burdekin River, one of Australia’s larger rivers flows from the north, and the Belyando River flows from the south. They join at the Burdekin Falls Dam. Downstream of the Dam, the Bowen and Bogie Rivers join the Burdekin River before it flows into the sea near Ayr/Home Hill. The neighbouring Haughton River catchment includes the major tributaries, Reid River and Major Creek.

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Local knowledge maps

The Burdekin and Haughton local knowledge maps capture valuable information from a range of stakeholders on landscape aspects from flood behaviour to geology, rainfall, disaster management and other environmental attributes.

Map of Burdekin and Haughton Catchments including council boundaries

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