News Corp Australia has released a map showing the counties with the worst recorded flooding in recent years.
The paper said on Tuesday it had mapped the flood risk for the entire country and was calling for an “all-out push” to make sure the region gets a “good” rain.
“This map, published on Thursday, shows that areas in the southern, central, and northern regions of the country are suffering the most extreme weather,” the paper said.
“The northernmost parts of the state are also experiencing the worst rainfall since records began in 1897.”
“This is the worst flood event we have seen for years and we need to put an end to it,” chief executive Andrew Walker said.
He said the paper was releasing the map because it was “the first time we have been able to show the actual numbers of people and properties impacted by floodwater”.
Mr Walker said the region’s worst floods occurred during the summer months, when there was a greater risk of the river flooding.
“What we are seeing is the flood is getting worse and worse,” he said.
But the data showed that areas south of Adelaide had the worst record for flooding in the past four years.
Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, and Adelaide CBD areas had the highest flood risk in the region in the summer of 2017, the paper reported.
The area had the third highest flood hazard in the country last year, after Hobart and Perth.
Mr Walker also said the map showed areas like Bundaberg and Gold Coast had the second highest flood risks in the state.
“I think the worst-affected areas in Bundabberg and Goldcoast, where people have been affected by floods, are just being ignored,” he told the ABC.
“And I think the same is true of Bundabingham and the south-west of the city.”
Mr Walker did not identify the area that had the most rainfall.
However, he said he believed the region had a “significant flood risk”.
“It is the region of the South East of the states,” he added.
“It’s really important to understand the region and its impact on the state.”
‘We have got to stop the blunders’ A Queensland flood warning is in place for all of the Gold Coast, the state’s most populated region, and the city of Bundah.
The state’s regional weather bureau also issued a flood warning for parts of Western Australia, while the South Coast region has been declared a flood watch.
In the Northern Territory, floodwaters were reported in the Brisbane suburb of Southbank.
Mr Mackenzie said the flood warnings and flood alerts were a response to the recent drought.
“There is a lot of water being dumped on the region,” he explained.
“We have a lot more water than we have ever had, and we have got a lot to stop.”
In the northern areas of the Northern Rivers basin, the Queensland Government said the river levels were low, which had created an opportunity for local communities to reduce their flooding risk.
“All Queenslanders have a right to be concerned about flooding, especially in wet season,” Queensland Water Minister Mark Jones said in a statement.
“Queensland has been on record as being a wet season state, but now it is a wet winter.”
Mr Mackenzies said the drought and floods had been exacerbated by “a series of blunders” by the Government.
He noted that the region was the only part of Queensland that had not been hit by a tropical cyclone in the last five years.
“That’s the biggest thing,” he insisted.
When we see floods that are worse than what we saw last year it means we need more infrastructure.”