NSW Flood Inquiry to host community meetings in June
The NSW Flood Inquiry will host an in-person community Town Hall meeting in Mullumbimby on 6 June 2022, and two other virtual meetings for the Hawkesbury-Nepean region (16 June) and the Clarence River region (17 June) as part of its ongoing work to hear from communities impacted by the March floods.
Any member of the public can attend to share their views. Participants must register for the in-person community meeting, and registration is recommended for the virtual meetings, which will be held via Zoom. Details and more information are available at: nsw.gov.au/floodinquirymeetings
The meeting details are:
Mullumbimby - Monday 6 June 2022
In-person community Town Hall meeting
10:30am to 12:30pm
Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club
58 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby
This meeting will also be live streamed via the Flood inquiry website.
Hawkesbury-Nepean - Thursday 16 June 2022
Virtual community meeting
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Includes Picton, Oakville, Richmond, McGrath’s Hill, Pitt Town, Mulgrave, Windsor.
Clarence River - Friday 17 June 2022
Virtual community meeting
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Includes Grafton, MacLean, Yamba
The Inquiry is tasked to examine, and report on the causes of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from the 2022 catastrophic flood event.
The independent inquiry is being led by Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Michael Fuller APM.
"The Flood Inquiry team is interested in hearing stories from individuals and communities about their experiences of the flood especially in the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby townships, as well as the surrounding areas. The personal stories are an invaluable reference for the Flood Inquiry's report," Professor O'Kane said.
"The Inquiry has received valuable contributions from communities and will continue to take submissions to 24 June," Mr Fuller said.
The Inquiry will report on:
- the causes of and factors contributing to the frequency, intensity, timing, and location of floods.
- preparation and planning by agencies and the community for floods in NSW.
- responses to floods, particularly measures to protect life, property, and the environment.
- the transition from incident response to recovery.
- recovery, including housing, clean-up, financial support, community engagement and longer-term community rebuilding.
The NSW Flood Inquiry has extended public submissions until 24 June to help ensure everyone affected by the floods has the opportunity to contribute to the Inquiry.
Submissions can be made online at nsw.gov.au/floodinquiry, via email, or post. Service NSW Centres and Mobile Service Centres are also equipped to help people make a submission. Every submission to the Inquiry will be considered.