The Queensland Flood Inquiry at the Ipswich Court House.
The Queensland Flood Inquiry at the Ipswich Court House. David Nielsen

Floods' final report delayed

QUEENSLAND flood victims will have to wait longer to hear the outcome of the inquiry into the state's summer of flood disasters.

The Flood Commission of Inquiry has been given an extension to prepare its final report, which is now due for release on February 24 next year.

Premier Anna Bligh said the original timeline was of concern due to the volume of evidence which needed to be considered.

According to the ABC the inquiry has more than six million pages of material to analyse, after its first seven weeks of hearings alone.

The commission will be holding hearings and accepting evidence until early November.

“After that date consultation will be conducted with affected parties on draft findings and recommendations until the end of November. That means drafting of the report could not commence until December,” Ms Bligh said.

“I think all Queenslanders want this report to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible and for that reason I have decided to grant the extension.”

The deadline for the interim report remains August 1, to allow for any interim measures to be undertaken before the next wet season.

Hearings have been held in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Rockhampton, Emerald, St George and Dalby and Ipswich.

The task has been so enormous, the commission's deadline for handing down its final report has been extended and is now due next February.

In Ipswich, the inquiry heard allegations of inadequate warnings, poor communication and bad management.

Counsel assisting the inquiry Elizabeth Wilson said many people believed that since Wivenhoe Dam was built, flooding similar to 1974 would never happen again.

But flooding in both the Bremer and Brisbane rivers caused the terrible flooding, particularly in suburbs such as Goodna and Redbank Plains with the Brisbane River backing up into the Bremer.

Ms Wilson said January's floods took many people by surprise.

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