We live in the driest country in the world and we see all this flooding.
Well the history of Logan goes back pre settlement and that is where there were natural waterways and you had low lying swamp lands or marshlands which has been a significant amount of wildlife teaming off it. So they were fairly fertile and very flourishing waterways and the worth of waterways was always a common knowledge with the community. We as a people didn't camp on the waterway they would fish in it, they would set up fish traps. The water itself would naturally irrigate areas where there were Bush foods.
Black and white image of horse and cart standing beside colonial era home with large group of men, women and children standing outside.
Black and white image of row boat in Logan River.
Black and white image of steam boat docked in river.
Once you have settlement in colonial areas, they want to settle on the waterway itself, on the banks of the rivers, to make the waterway even more usable. They go in and they dredge it so the strength and the integrity of the of the rivers have been stripped and with the degradation of the waterways, you're going to see a lot more flooding in those regions.
Black and white photos of previous flood events showing flooded roads, damaged bridges and homes.
We seem to be having a lot of 1 in 100 year floods occurring every couple of years. Well, has it actually been any different? Logan has got waterways running through it. It's got floodplain. That's why they call it flood plain. It's there to take that extra inundation over, which was always a common knowledge with the First Nation people that lived there. It's naturally going to happen. Trying to imagine the volume of water that comes with the flood is impossible until you see it.
During the 74th floods, people had to get up into the ceilings of their houses and try and get through their roof. They lost their dogs, they lost their cats, they lost all the memories that they had of their family and photo albums.
Workers in Logan uniform stand on road above spillway and point at area sourrounding it.
Something that I have noticed in the most recent couple of years is Logan's attempt to improve the waterways.
It's a major step for council. It's a very small step to bring the ecosystem back to a balance that is workable for itself and residential growth within the Community, no matter where you go, whatever footprint you create, you're going to disturb something. It's minimising that disturbance.