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River Murray flood inquiry calls for submissions
A South Australian parliamentary inquiry into the state government’s handling of the 2022-23 floods is seeking information from members from the public.
Could the state government have done a better job of dealing with last summer’s River Murray floods?
That’s the question being asked of locals at the moment as a parliamentary inquiry into the flood crisis calls for submissions.
Members of the public are encouraged to have their say about issues including:
The roles played by government agencies, non-profit organisations and utilities such as SA Power Networks and SA Water
Communication between stakeholders
The effectiveness of levee banks and other infrastructure
Flood response funding, its usefulness and the application process
Planning for future floods
State government MPs will participate in the inquiry, despite having opposed it in parliament.
However, it was opposition water and River Murray spokeswoman Nicola Centofanti, chair of the committee which will run the inquiry, who put a call out for submissions.
“South Australia’s river communities have been under a great deal of stress and strain as a result of these floods,” she said.
“It is critical these communities can have confidence in the government’s response and recovery efforts.
“I encourage any organisation or member of the public affected by the Murray River flooding event to have their say.”
The inquiry will visit river communities over the next month to see first-hand the state of the levees and the recovery, and to hear from affected locals.
Public hearings will be held in communities along the river, too.
Murray Bridge News is seeking more information from Dr Centofanti’s office.
Submissions to the inquiry are due by November 10.
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