Inquiry into NSW Floods Established
Heavy rain caused unprecedented flooding across northern New South Wales earlier this month, leaving roads closed, communities homeless and livestock fighting for life.
Human lives were lost throughout the flood emergency, seven in total. Leaving many people in the community demanding answers to questions about preparedness and recovery.
While financial response from the state government has been quick to reach the pockets of those affected, thousands remain homeless and have been left to start from scratch.
Following sharp criticism from the public, Acting Premier Paul Toole has established an independent flood inquiry to examine and report on the causes of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from, the 2022 catastrophic flood event.
It’s set to be led by the states former top cop Mick Fuller, and Professor Mary O’Kane AC.
They’ll be tasked with reporting on, the causes of and factors contributing to the frequency, intensity, location and timing of floods, they will also look at planning and preparation by agencies and the community for future floods.
Mr Toole said the review would ensure NSW can quickly get on with improving its preparation for, and response to, flood risk.
“We have always said we will take whatever action we can to improve our management of natural disasters, and this inquiry is an important step in that process,” Mr Toole said.
“No two floods are the same and there is no formulaic response, but when it comes to natural disasters we can never be too prepared.
“The Inquiry will sit alongside our flood recovery efforts, and we’ll continue to put everything we can into ensuring we get impacted people and communities back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
The Inquiry is required to report to the Premier on causation, land use planning and management and related matters by 30 June 2022, and on all other matters by 30 September 2022.