• Tony Bosworth

Have your say at the Independent Flood Enquiry during Hawkesbury-Nepean virtual community meeting



The NSW Government has set up the Independent Flood Inquiry to examine and report on the causes of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from the 2022 catastrophic flood event.


The Inquiry will be hosting a virtual community meeting for the Hawkesbury-Nepean on Thursday June 16 as part of its ongoing work to hear from communities impacted by the March 2022 floods.


Any member of the public is welcome to share their views, or simply to watch and listen.


The Hawkesbury-Nepean meeting will be held on Thursday June 16 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

The area this virtual meeting ill cover includes Oakville, Richmond, McGrath’s Hill, Pitt Town, Mulgrave, and Windsor.


It is recommended that members of the public register their attendance for the virtual meeting Register here


A link to view the meeting will also be uploaded at www.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government/projects-and-initiatives/floodinquiry/flood-inquiry-community-meetings#toc-hawkesbury-nepean-thursday-16-june-2022 at 4:30pm on Thursday June 16.


Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Michael Fuller APM are leading the Inquiry.


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 Inquiry will consider and, if thought fit, make recommendations on a range of matters, including:


  • the safety of emergency services and community first responders;

  • current and future land use planning and management and building standards in flood prone locations across NSW;

  • appropriate action to adapt to future flood risks to communities and ecosystems;

  • coordination and collaboration between all levels of government.


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 Terms of Reference are available at:

www.nsw.gov.au/floodinquiry







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