Research leader

Tariq Maqsood
Dr Tariq Maqsood Research Leader

End User representatives

Luke Roberts End-Users

Research team

Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards Research Team
Martin Wehner Research Team
Neil Corby Research Team

The June 2016 Launceston flood provides a significant opportunity to review the actual cost versus benefit from the significant mitigation works recently contracted to protect the city. The investment in flood mitigation works for flood-prone communities is expensive and the benefits may take many years to be realised. These strategies largely focus on reducing the flood hazard of communities through the construction of flood levees, but increasingly other strategies are being included that are directed at the exposed community buildings.  

This project will include building focused mitigation through the application of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research. It also entails the collaboration of a range of end-users and stakeholders to assess the benefit versus cost of the recently undertaken structural mitigation works in Launceston to reduce community flood risk. It will also assess the effectiveness of further investment in mitigation works to reduce the residual flood risk. Key end-user partners in this project include the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania State Emergency Service, the City of Launceston, Launceston Flood Authority and the Northern Midlands Council.


Launceston Flood Risk Mitigation Assessment
19 Sep 2018

This poster provides outcomes of a retrospective Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) study of a flood risk mitigation investment (levee system) in Launceston. The study assessed the long term cost to Launceston from flood hazard before and after the new mitigation works for flood events ranging from the 20 year Annual Recurrence Interval (ARI) up to the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF).