In this issue



   - In this Edition



New State Planning Policy

-  Water Quality



State of Origin

-  Maroons Win Again!




-  Subdividing Flood Prone Land



Wrap Up

   - See you next month



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Hello everyone and welcome to the July edition of “Keep Things Flowing”, the monthly newsletter presented by Storm Water Consulting.

In this month’s newsletter we review the new State Planning Policy, we share a snap from a recent outing and we answer another frequently asked question.


New State Planning Policy (July 2017)

On the 3rd of July the Queensland Government adopted a new State Planning Policy (SPP) which supersedes the previous State Planning Policy from April 2016. One application of the SPP is to assess whether a development triggers the need to meet Water Quality Objectives (WQO). The SPP also nominates what the target Water Quality Objectives will be. The target WQO are determined based on the location of the subject property, which could be:

·         South East Queensland;

·         Central Queensland (south);

·         Central Queensland (north);

·         Cape York, Wet Tropics and Dry Tropics;

·         Western Queensland;

The target WQO have not changed from the previous SPP. It should also be noted that many individual Councils also have their own WQO triggers and targets that differ from those set in the SPP. In the event where the two differ, both criteria must be met. If you require stormwater quality treatment (or if you are unsure about whether you need stormwater quality treatment) please contact our office and we would be pleased to provide you with assistance.


State of Origin

Earlier this month the deciding game of the State of Origin was held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Storm Team were invited to the Game by SPEL Environmental. A picture of us all at the game is below.

Left to Right- Jack, Steve, Kim, Darren (Cody – AWOL in Bali)

We are very happy to say that once again the mighty Maroons smashed the Blues and continued the decade of domination. QUEENSLANDER!


Frequently Asked Question


I want to subdivide my flood prone land (in Brisbane) is this possible?


Subdividing flood prone land is often difficult because Council do not want to intensify the land use in flood prone areas as this creates extra strain on emergency services and puts more of the population at risk of injury or death. The Flood Overlay Code requires all newly created lots to provide a minimum of 300m2 of flood immune land area. The purpose of this requirement is so that a dwelling, unaffected by flood water, can be constructed on the new lot. The number of people at risk during a flood event would therefore not be increased (assuming trafficable access is not an issue).

To achieve flood immune land area, the flood water would either need to be diverted away from the new lot, or the lot would have to be filled above the flood level. Both of these solutions divert the flood water onto neighbouring land, which could cause an adverse impact to the neighbouring land. An assessment of the impacts caused by filling the lot or diverting the flood water would need to be undertaken by a hydraulic engineer. If it can be demonstrated that the flood water could be diverted without adverse impact then subdividing could potentially occur.

Other stormwater issues that would also need to be investigated include:

·         Flood free trafficable access;

·         Lawful point of discharge and;

·         Flood hazard assessment;


Wrap Up

That brings us to the end of another edition of “Keep Things Flowing”. If you have any questions about information presented in this month’s edition please feel free to contact our office.

As always, Keep Things Flowing!

The Storm Team



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