Banana Shire Flood Study - THANGOOL

Banana Shire Flood Study - THANGOOL

Historic flooding

Flooding at Thangool is primarily governed by breakout flows from Kariboe Creek. The majority of Thangool itself is located outside of the Kariboe Creek floodplain and remains flood free for more frequent flood events. However, due to its location, it can become isolated as roads become flooded.

Extent of flooding

The below table explains the multiple Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) flood events analysed as part of the Study. AEP indicates the probability of a flood event occurring each year expressed as a percentage. Flood probability can also be expressed as an Annual Recurrence Interval (ARI).


Annual Exceedance Probability, AEP

Approximate Annual Recurrence Interval, ARI

Impact on Township

5% chance of occurring each year or 5% AEP

Approximately 1 in 20 year event

  • Runway at Thangool Airport impacted by breakout flows from Kariboe Creek

  • Burnett Highway north is severed

2% chance of occurring each year or 2% AEP

Approximately 1 in 50 year event

  • Some properties adjacent to Kariboe Creek are inundated including the Primary School and the majority of Thangool Airport runway

  • Thangool completely isolated

1% AEP event Climate Change (CC)  sensitivity simulation or 1% + CC AEP

Approximately 1 in 100 year event - adjusted for climate change sensitivity

  • As shown in image below

A Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) event is the largest flood event that could occur at any given location. It is usually an estimated rainfall depth calculated using a range of methods and patterns.

  • Thangool Recreation Reserve and evacuation centre remains flood immune up to the PMF


Considering the information above, the proposed areas of investigation to protect residents from the impact of flooding are shown below.

Image: Proposed areas of investigation with 1% + CC AEP flood inundation depths shown


Potential mitigation options

Flood mitigation strategies are aimed at reducing residual risk, improving safety, minimising damage by reducing peak flood levels and depths, improving warning times and reducing flow velocities. This can be achieved through both structural and non-structural measures.

Some non-structural measures already form part of Council’s current Local Disaster Management Plan and Planning Scheme. After the completion of the Floodplain Management Plan, additional measures and updates to Council’s plans and schemes may occur. .

As flood inundation in Thangool is primarily governed by breakout flows and backwater from Kariboe Creek, there are multiple structural measures that could be implemented to reduce the flood risk in the proposed areas of investigation. These areas are shown in the image above.

The structural measures identified that may reduce flood risk within the proposed areas of investigation include:

  • Low levees, large levees or a combination of both to provide some level of flood protection to residents

  • Individual property levees

  • Raising of existing stumped houses.


Submit your feedback

Community feedback is a vital tool when analysing the viability and acceptance of proposed areas of investigation. To submit your feedback, please fill out the survey by clicking on the link below.

When answering Question 4, please rate your most preferred option as 1, your second most preferred option as 2, your third option as 3, and least preferred option as 4.

Surveys can be downloaded and submitted by email at or by mail at Reply Paid GPO BOX 633, Brisbane QLD 4001.


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