Following the disastrous 2013 Burnett River flood event Council undertook a flood risk management study known as the Burnett River Floodplain Action Plan. The plan was developed between August 2013 and completed in June 2014 and was underpinned by a comprehensive two-year flood modelling and mapping study of the Burnett River between Paradise Dam and the river mouth at Burnett Heads.
The purpose of the Plan was to:
- Provide Council with an understanding of the nature and degree of flood risk across the lower Burnett River floodplain;
- Assess a range of floodplain risk management measures that could be implemented to reduce flood risks and increase community resilience to flooding; and
- Provide flood risk information to inform land-use planning decisions and emergency management activities.
The plan led to Council applying to the Queensland Government for $117,176,570 in funding for flood mitigation projects. The following projects have received funding and have been built:
- Mount Perry Road (Bundaberg North);
- Technology Park Flood Levee (off Cummins Street, Bundaberg North);
- Fairymead Road (Bundaberg North); and
- Bartholdt Drive (Branyan).