Bureau of Meteorology - National Disaster Warning Network
National Disaster Warning Network
In 2023, the Australian Government allocated $236 million over 10 years from 2023–24 to remediate high priority flood warning infrastructure and address critical reliability risks across Australia.
QRA’s role to ensure a best practice flood warning networking in assisting local governments in improving their network, with active stakeholder engagement in the oversight of the Bureau’s management of the transition and ongoing operations and management of flood warning gauges in Queensland.
QRA and Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) will continue to work with the Bureau to ensure that timely and effective engagement with local governments occurs for the transfer of gauge assets back to the Bureau and the implementation of gauge upgrades and new asset installation.
Media statements (Australian Government)
Scoping Study (2020)
As background, in 2020 The Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) undertook a Scoping Study that audited Queensland’s existing network infrastructure to ascertain what parts of the system were not meeting the National Standards for Flood Warning Infrastructure.
The audit found that the network was adequate in most areas but concluded by proposing 89 river height stations and 364 rainfall stations to fill gaps in the monitoring network.
This work formed the basis of a funding bid for improvements to the Bureau’s National Disaster Warning Network.
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