The Floodplain Management Association Conference has been held annually for over 50 years and is the most respected floodplain industry event held in Australia. Following the success of the FMA's first National Conference at Tweed Heads in 2013, the 55th FMA Conference will again be a National Conference, this time being held in Brisbane, Queensland.
Queensland's extensive floods, impressive response and recovery programs, and current flood mitigation projects provide excellent learning which can be applied across Australia. To ensure the conference is relevant at national as well as individual state and territory levels it is guided by a Program Advisory Committee with representatives from every state and territory.
The theme for this year's conference is "Building a Flood Resilient Australia", which will focus on Building Resilient Communities and Flood Resilient Buildings and Infrastructure.
This conference will attract over 350 practitioners involved in floodplain risk management. Attendees will include Commonwealth, State and Local Government elected representatives and staff, researchers and education providers, as well as consultants, engineers, land-use planners, emergency response personnel and community volunteers.
The conference program will include outstanding Australian and international keynote speakers, over 50 presentations to choose from, a Local Government Councillors' session, the National Conference Forum, field trips addressing floodplain issues in the Brisbane River catchment, and networking events. There will also be a pre-conference workshop conducted by national flood experts on the Tuesday.
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