Research leader

Andrew Gissing Research Leader

Research team

James O'Brien Research Team
Salomé Hussein Research Team
Jacob Evans Research Team
Thomas Mortlock Research Team

This report is based on findings from the Townsville 2019 flooding event. Flooding impacted large areas of Townsville from Wednesday 30th January 2019, as a consequence of heavy rainfall across the north of Queensland. Almost 3300 properties were damaged, thousands were asked to evacuate and there were widespread blackouts. Risk Frontiers and Insurance Council of Australia staff visited Townsville on 11th and 12th February, supported by a grant from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. The aim was to undertake unstructured interviews with residents and business operators to gain preliminary insights into impacts and responses to warnings and to examine initial recovery. In total, more than 20 residents and six business operators were spoken to. This briefing note highlights key preliminary themes that arose from this research. 

Year Type Citation
2019 Report Gissing, A., O'Brien, J., Hussein, S., Evans, J. & Mortlock, T. Townsville 2019 flood: insights from the field. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).