North West Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project
The purpose of the North West Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network (FWIN) Project is to analyse existing flood warning infrastructure, and work with the Bureau of Meteorology and local communities to identify high priority locations requiring additional flood warning infrastructure capability.
The North West Queensland FWIN Project helps support Queensland communities in their recovery following the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough disaster event (25 January to 14 February 2019).
The $8 million FWIN Project was approved as part of the $242 million Category C and D Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) package, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. The project covers three areas of operation: Far North Queensland; North West Queensland; and Townsville and surrounds.
Area of operation
The North West Queensland FWIN Project area of operation includes the following local government areas:
Other North West Queensland FWIN Project partners include: the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC); the Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD); the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM); Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
The North West Queensland FWIN Project is keeping our communities safe by delivering:
- suitable flood warning infrastructure upgrades to the most appropriate locations throughout the flood-impacted area
- improvements to Bureau of Meteorology services to support primary producers and communities
- a range of assets to support better information being made available including the use of flood cameras at strategic locations.
Key project actions
Key project actions for the North West Queensland FWIN Project are to:
- facilitate a catchment approach - locally led, regionally coordinated
- define flood warning infrastructure as means for providing situational awareness
- incorporate existing initiatives into one common operating picture
- analyse existing infrastructure upgrade initiatives against identified risk areas
- identify gaps in the flood warning infrastructure network
- develop and apply principles for prioritisation across the areas of operation
- prioritise flood warning infrastructure improvements across the areas of operation
- support procurement of infrastructure
- establish / align with emerging governance arrangements.
The North West Queensland FWIN Project will have a total of 70 flood warning assets to be installed that will benefit the 12 LGAs.
The Excel file outlines the project breakdown per asset type and LGA for each of the three FWIN Project Areas of Operation.
All of the new infrastructure investment for the North West Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network will conform to the National Flood Warning Infrastructure Standard and work aligns with the National Framework for Flood Warning Infrastructure. To ensure value for money in the delivery of the program, a group procurement arrangement has been established.
The flood camera infrastructure will conform to the TMR standard, and it is expected the cameras will be able to be incorporated into both the Queensland Traffic website and council disaster dashboards.
The North West Queensland FWIN Project is being overseen by a Project Manager, and is being supported by Flinders Shire Council as the coordinating authority.
The Project Manager will oversee the delivery of gauges in the area.
- Activities complete
- Stakeholder consultation to determine priority locations
- Review of local government flood warning investment plans
- Based on stakeholder feedback received and an independent review, prioritised a list of flood warning locations and assets
- Asset responsibility and governance arrangements agreed with councils
- New assets confirmed and accepted by councils following an additional $6 million injection of grant funding across the three areas of operation
- 12 local governments approved for 70 flood warning assets to be installed
- Project Manager appointed
- Activities underway
- Site selection and approvals
- Tender documents prepared for market
- Activities planned
- Tender sent to market for delivery contractor
- Delivery contractor appointed
- Delivery of assets to commence
The North West Queensland FWIN Project map shows the area of operation boundaries, local government boundaries, river catchments, FWIN Category D assets, and existing gauges including rain, rain and river, and river gauges.