Superseded Planning Scheme
On 21 December 2018, Council commenced Version 3.6 of the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017, containing administrative amendments and a Planning Scheme Policy amendment to the Whitsunday Development Manual. The amendment superseded Version 3.5 of the Planning Scheme. The Version of the Planning Scheme below constitutes the superseded Planning Scheme for the purposes of Section 29 of the Planning Act 2016.
These amendments constitute the superseded Planning Scheme for the purposes of section 29 of the Planning Act 2016.
Historical Planning Schemes
The following documents are historical Planning Schemes for reference purposes only and do not constitute superseded Planning Schemes for the purposes of section 29 of the Planning Act 2016.
Bowen Local Catchment Flood Study
On the 11th March 2015, Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to publicly release the ‘Bowen Local Catchment Flood Study’ (AECOM 2015). The report focuses specifically on flooding caused by rainfall in the local Bowen catchment and compliments recent reports released by Council on riverine flooding (Don River Flood Mitigation Report 2014 and Storm Surge Report 2012). It is important for Council and the community to understand how the three different flood risks (rainfall in the local catchment, riverine flooding and storm tide inundation) affect the Bowen township.
The 2015 AECOM Study provides Council and the community with the most detailed, accurate and up to date flood risk information for rainfall in the Bowen local catchment. The study also recommends that the mapping be used for disaster management purposes to help determine evacuation routes for localized rainfall events. This mapping informs the Flood overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.
Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study
On 8th October 2014, Whitsunday Regional Council received the Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study: Stage 1 – Flood Risk Assessment (AECOM, September 2014) and resolved to release it to the public. Council commissioned the study into the flood risk posed by the Don River and investigate potential mitigation options to help improve flood resilience for the Bowen community. The Queensland Government provided 40% of the funding for the study with Council providing the remainder.
Stage 1 of the Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study outlines the flood risks in detail, with Stage 2 presenting possible approaches to mitigating flooding. This mapping informs the Flood overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.
Download the Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study Stage 1 2014. [PDF 52 MB]
Proserpine Flood and Drainage Study
In 2011, Whitsunday Regional Council utilised updated contour data (LIDAR) to undertake a detailed revision of the Proserpine Flood and Drainage Study 2007. The study updated the hydraulic model for the 2, 10, 50 and 100-year ARI design events, compared flood heights with those obtained during the 2010 updates and provided revised baseline flood heights for the Township. This mapping informs the Flood overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.
Town of Whitsunday Drainage Study (TOWDS)
On 30th January 2019, Whitsunday Regional Council received the TOWDS and on the 12th June 2019 resolved to utilise the flood model outputs including climate change projections to 2100. The TOWDS area includes five catchments, being Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Riordanvale and Cannon Valley. For the TOWDS area an entirely new model was developed for the five catchments, as no flood modelling data was available for the entire area. The study follows QCoast Leading Practice and substantially improves the understanding of flood hazard extent for the area. This mapping informs the Flood overlay map within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.