The Story of a Drought Defaulted Floodplain
Paperback, 228 pages, $39.95
Feb 2024 Release
David Topp succinctly explains how a city built on a flood plain will never be flood free.
- Peter Spearritt: Emeritus Professor of History, The University of Queensland.
Brisbane Breached: The Story of a Drought Defaulted Floodplain delves
into the intricate historical chronicles of Brisbane, meticulously
exploring the city’s enduring struggle against the dual forces of severe
flooding and prolonged droughts.
The narrative unfolds, juxtaposing the recurrent major flood events
between 1841 and 2022 with intermittent, yet impactful, periods of
drought. Such occurrences, inherently linked to Brisbane’s geographical
position constructed within a flood plain, present profound policy
challenges that have persisted over time.
In dissecting the prevailing beliefs in the efficacy of dam
constructions as a panacea for Brisbane’s water-related vulnerabilities,
this book confronts the prevailing misconceptions. The inadequacies of
solely relying on dam infrastructure become apparent in the face of the
city’s unique topographical limitations, prompting a necessary paradigm
shift in policy considerations.
Foreseeing an imminent population surge, projected to add one million
residents by 2032, this book’s discourse posits the urgency of
transcending traditional water management strategies. This paradigmatic
shift becomes a pivotal policy proposition to avert the existential
threat of complete water depletion in a city susceptible to both drought
David Topp is a Queensland Barrister. His previous book Tennyson Breach was published in 2012.