Flooding response under the spotlight, urgent calls for K’gari clean-up

AN INDEPENDENT review of Queensland’s response to the recent flood event that saw parts of Maryborough and South East Queensland inundated will be undertaken.

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An independent review of Queensland’s response to the recent flooding event will be undertaken by the Inspector-General Emergency Management. PHOTO: Supplied.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement yesterday.

The review will be undertaken by Inspector-General Emergency Management Alistair Dawson.

Ms Palaszczuk said it would help the Queensland Government improve its response to natural disaster.

“Learning from the last event makes us better prepared for the next,” she said.

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Mr Dawson has delivered several key reviews during his tenure as Inspector-General – including the 2019-2020 Queensland Bushfire Review and the K’gari (Fraser Island) Bshfire Review.

Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said the Inspector-General would always be called on to conduct an independent review in the wake of a major natural disaster.

“The unfortunate reality is that Queensland is the nation’s most disaster-prone state, and while we get a lot of practice to these kinds of events, we are always looking to see if we can do things better,” Mr Ryan said.

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As part of the independent review, the Inspector-General Emergency Management will be calling for submissions from the public.

Public forums will also be held.

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Meanwhile, environmental organisations and activists are calling for volunteers to help clean up K’gari (Fraser Island) after the flooding.

Debris from the floods is washing up on the World Heritage-listed island.

The Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation said the K’gari needed our help after the floods.

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