Flood inquiry comes to Goondiwindi

IT’S the turn of Southern Downs representatives to relive their two flood events today as the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry comes to Goondiwindi.

Council CEO Rod Ferguson and disaster district coordinator Senior Sergeant Greg Morrow have given statements and could be invited to take the stand at the hearing in Goondiwindi Courthouse.

The independent Commission of Inquiry was set up to examine the flood disaster that impacted 70% of the state.

The Honourable Justice Catherine Holmes is commissioner, and Jim O’Sullivan AC and Phillip Cummins are deputy commissioners.

Its intent is to provide a thorough examination of the chain of events leading to the floods, all aspects of the response and the subsequent aftermath.

Southern Downs was not represented at the Toowoomba hearing held last month, but will instead be represented alongside the Goondiwindi Mayor and CEO and a representative from SunWater.

With all the powers of a Royal Commission, the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry is taking public submissions from across Queensland and holding public hearings in affected areas.

On Wednesday it will move on to St George, before returning to Brisbane.

The Commission of Inquiry will deliver an interim report in August, covering matters associated with flood preparedness to enable early recommendations to be implemented before next summer’s wet season.

The final report will be delivered by January.




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