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Resilient Urban Deltas and Floodplains Summit – 4th November 2016

Resilient Urban Deltas and Floodplains Summit – 4th November 2016

Hank Ovink and Piet Filet

Hank Ovink and Piet Filet

In conjunction with an official State Visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Netherlands to the QUT Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane, a Water Summit was convened with a mix of Dutch and Queensland professionals to share experiences and insights on resilient urban deltas and floodplains.  The royals started the day with a visit to the QUT Cube where water management in a global, Dutch and Australian perspective showed how collaboration between our countries is a great opportunity for the future.  Visualisation tools were demonstrated on the engaging Cube screens. Also three future leaders meet the Royal couple as they shared their passion of being a part of a “myresilient future“…

 

Checks of Wellington’s disaster resilience raise worrying questions

Resilient Urban Deltas and Floodplains Summit – 4th November 2016

What started on November 14 as a hell of a week has turned into weeks of challenge and uncertainty for those forced out of workplaces and/or with the prospect of no wages for weeks, and for business and building owners facing big bills and no income.  Thankfully, some of that impact was eased when the Government stepped in, and Christmas may not be so bad after all.  I suspect that, like me and the business I lead, many have been evaluating how well they survived and how well prepared they are for the next one.  That means looking at the basics – how much water our families and businesses need to survive, and what we need for power for lights, cooking, machinery and other essentials.  The fact is that if the earthquake had been under our city, most of us would be still without power and water, and would be for some time yet. Maybe till winter…

 

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