Flood of Ideas

Major flooding occurred in many areas of Queensland during late December 2010 and early January 2011.  It began with an unexpected flash flood caused by a thunder storm in Toowoomba's central business district. Water from the same storm devastated communities in the Lockyer Valley. A few days later thousands of houses in Ipswich and Brisbane were inundated as the Brisbane River rose.

With three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone, Flood of Ideas was developed as an initiative by Healthy Waterways and The State Library of Queensland to gather diverse and creative ideas from the community on how we can better plan for and respond to future floods.

The program was designed to encourage community response and sharing of ideas and experience to help promote engagement in the recovery and restoration process. It invited involvement from people of all ages and backgrounds – from primary school students to builders, scientists, engineers and landscape architects – aiming to identify innovative strategies to make our community more flood resilient.

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In 2013, Flood of Ideas was awarded the 2013 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Medal, Queensland’s highest project award.