Jamie Simmonds, the man who directed the relocation of the town of Grantham in Qld, shared his story with Lismore residents last week.
Local NSW MP, Janelle Saffin (Labor), hosted his visit and said, ‘In 2011, Jamie was employed by Lockyer Valley Regional Council to run the Strengthening Grantham Project, following devastating flash flooding, which took the lives of 19 people’.
‘This groundbreaking project created, planned and constructed a new residential estate and provided land through Australia’s first land-swap process. Within 12 months of that flood event, 120 families were moving into their flood-free homes’.
Simmonds said, ‘As more severe weather events become more frequent, this experience is becoming increasingly useful to communities and decision-makers as they create a more resilient future.’
For more info, visit www.jamiesimmonds.com.