Disaster resilience: preparedness and recovery

2010 South East Queensland Cyclone Hypothetical

Open letter
May 2010 Hypothetical forum conclusions

Griffith University's Rodger Tomlinson explains that major weather events occur in South East Queensland in 30-year cycles. The last major event happened in 1967. As this video interview indicates, there is a risk that a cyclone tracking into the shallow water environment of Moreton Bay could build into a storm surge four metres high which then comes through the Broadwater putting thousands of vulnerable residents at risk.

In May 2010, together with the Property Council of Australia Green Cross facilitated a significant "Hypothetical" in Parliament House Canberra in front of a large business audience to raise awareness about this risk.


The "SEQ Cyclone Hypothetical" was a key session of the 2010 National Business Leaders' Forum on Sustainable Development  on May 29, 2010. The event was moderated by Radio National's Fran Kelly and occured without media coverage to encourage an open exchange.


The Hypothetical took place in the presence of an audience of 200 business sustainability leaders from across manufacturing, service and resource sectors. We were delighted that Climate Change Minister Penny Wong and Shadow Minister for Sustainable Cities Bruce Billson were able to participate in our vibrant discussion which involved CEO and Director level participants from Lend Lease, CSIRO, the Property Council of Australia and others including Green Cross.


Read the Open Letter from Green Cross to Premier Anna Bligh, Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, and Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke that discusses important conclusions reached at the Hypothetical.

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