By Matt HintonPublished: 07:04, 19 September 2018 | Updated: 08:54, 19 January 2019The fall river has been in the news recently.
Its impact has been the focus of a report by the Australian Government’s Royal Commission into the fall.
In its final report, the Royal Commission was scathing of the Queensland Government for failing to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of flooding in the fall, but it also criticised the State Government for a failure to protect the fall from damage from heavy rainfall in the winter months.
“There has been a significant increase in waterfalls across the fall and in the early spring, with some notable exceptions, but the fall is still in the danger of becoming another Sydney Morning Herald story,” the report said.
The report called for a series of major steps to reduce waterfalls.
It recommended a national strategy to reduce falls in Queensland, a “comprehensive waterfall management plan” for the fall in Queensland and a “consistent waterfall protection program across the state”.
“The fall of the fall can be a significant hazard to people in and around the Fall River,” the royal commission said.
“The falls can be highly unpredictable, with waterfalls changing unpredictably from day to day and from year to year.
Waterfalls can be very dangerous and can be the source of major problems and injuries to people and property.
They can also be an important and sustainable source of economic activity for many communities.”
The fall, in particular, is a significant concern in the north-east of the state, with its “massive waterfalls” the report recommended.
“There is a lot of concern about waterfalls that are more than a metre wide, which can create significant flooding problems for people downstream,” the commission said in its final assessment of the State of Queensland.
A “significant increase” in waterfall risks was observed in the spring, the commission’s report said, with more than half of the waterfalls surveyed in the North-East experiencing a risk of being at risk for flooding.
“In the spring and summer, the fall was not only the most likely source of significant flooding to people downstream but also the most dangerous for people to live and work in.”
“More than a third of the river flows to the south-east and the north, which is not the case in most of the other regions of the country,” the inquiry found.
While the report focused on the Fall, the report also highlighted a number of other waterfalls in the area, including the Falls Creek, which the report described as “the most significant and dangerous waterfall in Queensland”.
Its final report also called for the State to “immediately implement a flood mitigation strategy that incorporates the recommendations made by the fall report” and to “develop a strategy to protect fall-affected properties in a way that minimises potential flooding risks”.
It said the State was “still working through the final report” on the report, and would be responding to the report’s recommendations in the coming months.
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