Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region - Flood risk and you

We're committed to the goal of a Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region by continuing to improve flood management and community awareness of flood risk.

December 2010 and January 2011 saw parts of the Toowoomba region experience significant flooding resulting in the loss of life and significant damage to property. In response to those events we commenced a comprehensive program to improve development regulation in flood affected areas, enhance flood management and increase community awareness of flood risk.

That program has resulted in the preparation of flood studies for 34 urban areas and the Condamine River catchment and recommendations for how to better regulate development within flood risk areas to protect people and property in the event of flooding.

If you'd like to view the flood studies, please click here. You can also click on this video to learn more about the studies and the 2015 community consultation process.


Connecting with our communities

We undertook two rounds of region-wide community consultation to build awareness of and manage and reduce the impacts of flooding in 2015 and 2016.

The first round of consultation to collect feedback around the flood studies was held in March 2015. Over 2000 property owners, industry groups, government stakeholders, community organisations and emergency services personnel participated in this initial round which included open house events, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 1800 pieces of information were collecting during this round and have been used to validate and update the studies.

In October and November 2016 we undertook further region-wide consultation to explore potential planning responses to regulate development in flood affected areas and share flood risk mapping. Approximately 10,000 stakeholders were engaged through open house events, letters, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 70 submissions were received during this process. These submissions were considered by Council in July 2017 and have assisted in the formulation of proposed Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme (TRPS) amendments.

Details on the issues raised through this feedback and how Council has responded are available in the minutes of the July 2017 Planning and Development Committee meeting.


Next step: amending the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme

The next step is to amend the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme (TRPS) so that these changes can take effect. Amending the TRPS is a statutory process which will take approximately 12 months to complete.

The process includes:

  • State Government reviewing the proposed changes
  • Public consultation (planned for early 2018)
  • Council reviewing feedback received during the consultation with possible modifications to address issues which have been raised
  • State Government reviewing the final proposed changes
  • Council adopting the changes.

Property owners affected by the TRPS amendment will be notified of details of the next public consultation planned for early 2018 in the coming months.


Further information

To find out more, please email yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au or call 4688 8614.


We're committed to the goal of a Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region by continuing to improve flood management and community awareness of flood risk.

December 2010 and January 2011 saw parts of the Toowoomba region experience significant flooding resulting in the loss of life and significant damage to property. In response to those events we commenced a comprehensive program to improve development regulation in flood affected areas, enhance flood management and increase community awareness of flood risk.

That program has resulted in the preparation of flood studies for 34 urban areas and the Condamine River catchment and recommendations for how to better regulate development within flood risk areas to protect people and property in the event of flooding.

If you'd like to view the flood studies, please click here. You can also click on this video to learn more about the studies and the 2015 community consultation process.


Connecting with our communities

We undertook two rounds of region-wide community consultation to build awareness of and manage and reduce the impacts of flooding in 2015 and 2016.

The first round of consultation to collect feedback around the flood studies was held in March 2015. Over 2000 property owners, industry groups, government stakeholders, community organisations and emergency services personnel participated in this initial round which included open house events, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 1800 pieces of information were collecting during this round and have been used to validate and update the studies.

In October and November 2016 we undertook further region-wide consultation to explore potential planning responses to regulate development in flood affected areas and share flood risk mapping. Approximately 10,000 stakeholders were engaged through open house events, letters, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 70 submissions were received during this process. These submissions were considered by Council in July 2017 and have assisted in the formulation of proposed Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme (TRPS) amendments.

Details on the issues raised through this feedback and how Council has responded are available in the minutes of the July 2017 Planning and Development Committee meeting.


Next step: amending the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme

The next step is to amend the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme (TRPS) so that these changes can take effect. Amending the TRPS is a statutory process which will take approximately 12 months to complete.

The process includes:

  • State Government reviewing the proposed changes
  • Public consultation (planned for early 2018)
  • Council reviewing feedback received during the consultation with possible modifications to address issues which have been raised
  • State Government reviewing the final proposed changes
  • Council adopting the changes.

Property owners affected by the TRPS amendment will be notified of details of the next public consultation planned for early 2018 in the coming months.


Further information

To find out more, please email yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au or call 4688 8614.


  • THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about your flood risk. The opportunity for comment on the planning responses to flood risk is now closed, however if you have any flood risk related questions, please feel free to call our engineering and planning teams on 131 872.

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    Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about Council's proposed planning responses to help manage flood risk in our region. 

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