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NSW Government establishes
independent flood inquiry
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.
Flooding at Jilliby.
22 March 2022
An Independent Flood Inquiry will be chaired by Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Michael Fuller APM to report on:
The Inquiry will consider and, if warranted, make recommendations on a range of matters, including:
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.
“The reviewers will travel to and consult directly with affected communities, and details of public consultation and submission making opportunities will be published soon,” Mr Toole said.
Full terms of reference for the inquiry are available at: www.nsw.gov.au/floodinquiry
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