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The Launceston flood policies: Levees and beyond


Atkins, BM and Vince, JZ, The Launceston flood policies: Levees and beyond, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 24, (3) pp. 32-37. ISSN 1324-1540 (2009) [Refereed Article]


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Launceston, Tasmaniaís second largest municipality, has been recognised as a floodprone area since the first major inundation was recorded in 1828. Following a one in forty year flood event in 1969, the areas susceptible to flooding were protected by a levee system which has been maintained and funded by the Launceston City Council (LCC) and the Tasmanian Government. In May 2007, the latest funding from all tiers of government was committed to levee maintenance. This article examines the development of Launcestonís flood levee and flood mitigation policies. It argues that while levee maintenance is an important part of flood management, the additional social, emergency management and planning and development policies that are currently being implemented will strengthen the policy makersí responses in the event of a flood.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Launceston, flood policy,levee, flood management
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Atkins, BM (Mr Ben Atkins)
UTAS Author:Vince, JZ (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
ID Code:61161
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-02-26
Last Modified:2014-10-10
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