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Moreton Bay Regional Council is pushing flood risk awareness for Queensland property buyers

Written by Javed Iqbal

Queensland councils want to mandate flood risk publishing for property buyers, with a south-east mayor describing the move as “common sense”.

Moreton Bay Regional Council mayor Peter Flannery said his council would take the proposal to the Local Government Association of Queensland conference in October.

“Personally, I think this is common sense and something property buyers have a right to know before they buy,” Mr Flannery said.

“This could be as simple as mandatory disclosures of flooding and other natural hazards during the property transfer process or other due diligence searches.

“I think this is an important and easy change for the state government to make and I’m sure it will have the support of Queensland’s other councils.”

So far, more than 4,250 residents have registered their interest in having their homes raised, rebuilt or voluntarily bought back under the state’s $741 million Resilient Homes Fund, announced after the floods in February.

Of the 443 homeowners registered for a voluntary buyback, 70 per cent live in Brisbane and Ipswich.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner backed Moreton Bay’s proposal.

“You wouldn’t buy a home without first getting a pest inspection, but flood risks can be so much more devastating and expensive than termites,” Mr Schrinner said.

“It makes sense that buyers should be fully aware of any risk of flooding or natural disasters before they buy.”

Proposed Seller Information Program

Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles says Queensland “needs to do better” to account for the effects of climate change.

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