The Woongoolba floodplain is located to the east of the Pacific Motorway about halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast within the Council of the City of Gold Coast boundary. The floodplain is impacted by flooding from the local catchment that extends east from the Darlington Range as well as regional flooding from the Logan/Albert catchment. Traditional land use in the area is sugar cane farming. Originally conceived in the 1960’s the Woongoolba Flood Mitigation Scheme was aimed at ensuring that flood waters would be drained from the floodplain within four days.
With development occurring rapidly upstream of the scheme boundary, Council engaged WMS to determine the potential impacts to performance of the drainage scheme. Pressure to significantly change land use (from agriculture to residential) within the scheme boundary also exists. Additionally, opportunity exists to upgrade the scheme.