Second round of flood hearings

QUEENSLAND Floods Commission of Inquiry is to hold a second round of public hearings into the 2010/2011 floods and will sit in Gympie on October 13.

Hearings in this round will be conducted in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie and Ipswich.

They will examine the range of issues under the inquiry’s terms of reference, with a particular focus on insurance and land planning.

 

Public hearings have been scheduled for:

Brisbane: September 19-26, September 26-29 and October 3-6

Bundaberg: October 10 (afternoon), October 11 (morning)

Maryborough: October 12

Gympie: October 13

Ipswich: October 18-19

Brisbane: October 24-27

 

The Inquiry’s interim report for the first round of sittings is due to be provided to the Queensland Government by August 1, focusing on recommendations which can be implemented before next summer’s wet season.

Commissioner Cate Holmes has presided over the inquiry which was set up after the Queensland Government allocated $15 million which was established on January 17, 2011.

In the first round of public hearings, the Inquiry sat on 31 days in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Dalby, Goondiwindi, St George, Ipswich, Rockhampton and Emerald.

The commission has also held community meetings and consultations in 13 locations in central and western Queensland, and the Lockyer Valley.

The final report is due to be provided to the Queensland Government by February 24, 2012.

For more information about the inquiry, including its terms of reference, visit www.floodcommission.qld.gov.au.

Gympie Times


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