Flooded Channels | Effective communication in a crisis 10 years on

Start Date
25 February 2021
End Date
25 February 2021
Start Time
End Time
7.00pm AEST
u&u Recruitment Partners


Over the course of the 2011 Queensland floods, Australia saw hundreds of thousands of people evacuated, sentimental possessions lost and billions of dollars’ worth of property damage. In large-scale efforts not seen since the 1974 floods, members of parliament, the police force, media and communities coordinated the distribution of resources and support. 

With an estimated 200,000 people affected by the devastation of the floods, communication channels became inundated with calls for help.

At this time of crisis, communication was key. 

Ten years on, the PRIA has invited the nation’s highest profile communicators during this crisis to gain insight on how they managed to effectively communicate during this crisis. 

Our panel features:

  • Ian Stewart - 2011 Police Commissioner
  • Pete Doherty - Channel 7 Journalist
  • Vicky Power - Executive Manager, Corporate Content and Channels, Suncorp
  • Stephen Beckett - 2011 Acting COS to the Premier (MC)

Do not miss out on this opportunity to hear first-hand from the faces of the 2011 Queensland flood response. 


Ian Stewart was the 19th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service from 2012 until his retirement in 2019. Mr Stewart was a career police officer with over 45 years of service having joined the Queensland Police in 1973. At the time of his retirement the Queensland Police department had an annual budget in excess of A$2bn, over 400 establishments and more than 15000 staff.

As Commissioner, Mr Stewart led the largest renewal and restructure program of the Queensland Police in over 30 years. He was responsible for the successful security arrangements of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit meetings, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He was the inaugural State Disaster Coordinator in Queensland successfully responding to the unprecedented disaster season in 2010/11. As Commissioner he was responsible for the police response to a range of natural disasters. Mr Stewart has been recognised by a range of awards for his policing service. In 2020 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to Policing and the community.

Peter Doherty spearheaded coverage of the 2011 Floods for 7NEWS reporting live from a helicopter for the entire week of the disaster.

Peter is now the Supervising Producer for all Crisis Coverage in Queensland. 

Vicky Power is the Executive Manager – Corporate Content & Channels for Suncorp Group. She is an experienced leader of public affairs, managing specialist and corporate communication functions including media relations, social media, digital and content creation and employee communications.

As a member of Suncorp Group Corporate Affairs, Vicky manages the Group’s corporate content and channels strategy including employee communications, internal and external digital platforms, social media, content and creative services. The team aspires to be a modern, responsive and creative public affairs team


Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021
Time: 5.30 - 7.00 pm AEST
Location: u&u Recruitment Partners
  Level 12, 259 Queen Street
  Brisbane QLD 4000
Price: $10 - PRIA Members
  $25 - Non Members
  Tickets include drinks and canapes

Note: option to attend via zoom at the above costs, link will be provided on the day 

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