Flood Inquiry to shine light on impacted communities
Local communities will have their voices heard through a state-wide inquiry into Victoria’s preparedness and response to flooding events.
This comes from a push by Liberals and Nationals to make sure these floods are fully investigated.
State Liberal Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish and State Liberal Member for Evelyn, Bridget Vallence, put their weight behind the inquiry, knowing it will assist those affected by the floods, answer questions and help improve future disaster response.
Ms McLeish said, “Community members and organisations impacted by the floods will have the opportunity to provide their experience of what happened and what the issues were.”
“The Yarra Ranges Shire was hit by the Yarra River flooding which caused chaos in the community.”
“I saw the floods firsthand. I heard from so many locals affected and I know this inquiry will be welcome news to the local community.”
Ms Vallence said, “October’s significant flood event saw Main Street Lilydale become a river, and properties and businesses in Lilydale, Coldstream and Yarra Valley badly damaged.”
“Our push in Parliament was to ensure the Inquiry was broad enough to include impacts to Lilydale district and communities along the Yarra River, and to critically review whether the SES has sufficient resources to respond to these events and if early warning systems are adequate.”
The inquiry will in turn shine a light on the shortcomings of Victoria’s current preparedness for devastating floods, as well as a review into the October 2022 floods. It will provide answers to those affected by the floods and aim to improve water management, response, and preparation in Victoria for future natural disaster events.
Ms McLeish continues, “The floods have had a lasting impact across Victoria, with thousands of Victorians affected by this natural disaster. People want answers, and the Liberals and Nationals are ensuring they will have their voices heard and questions answered,” Ms McLeish concludes.