Urban Floodplain Land-use – Acceptable Risk?

Godber, Allison M. (2003) Urban Floodplain Land-use – Acceptable Risk? In Emergency Management Australia: Australian Disaster Conference - Planning Safer Sustainable Communities, 10-12th September, Canberra, Australia.

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Local Government, for the planning and management of potentially flood-affected areas, adopt formal levels of ‘acceptable’ flood risk (for example, the-1-in-100 year flood event for residential land). The results of this study suggest stakeholders external to the Local Government (such as residents and a proportion of development industry representatives) do not understand the risks flooding represented by the formal standards and may misinterpret their level of exposure. The results also indicate that variation exists in the flood risks perceived ‘acceptable’ by the stakeholders, particularly when the potential consequences associated with events such as the 1-in-100-year flood are explained. The study raises doubts as to the true ‘acceptability’ of the formal standards being adopted in floodplain management policy at the Local, State and Federal levels of Government.

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ID Code: 477
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: floods, risk assessment, risk perception, floodplains
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:43

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