Communities in Victoria will have their voices heard through a state-wide inquiry into Victoria’s preparedness and response to flooding events.
The Liberals and Nationals today passed a motion in the Legislative Council requiring the Environment and Planning Committee to report on the preparedness and response to the October 2022 Victorian floods.
Our communities deserve answers from the Andrews Labor Government and an inquiry will give impacted communities the opportunity to be heard.
Shadow Minister for Water, Tim McCurdy, said the Andrews Labor Government’s original flood inquiry was nothing more than a positive PR exercise that didn’t deliver answers for Victorians.
“When the terms of reference of the Government’s own review fail Victorians, the Liberals and Nationals are left to take up the slack,” Mr McCurdy said.
“This inquiry will shine a light on the shortcomings of Victoria’s current preparedness for devastating floods, as well as a review into the October 2022 floods.
“Victorians want answers, and the Liberals and Nationals are ensuring they will have their voices heard and questions answered.”
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Georgie Crozier, said those impacted by the devasting floods deserved an independent inquiry.
“I am pleased the Liberals and Nationals’ motion for a parliamentary inquiry into the state’s preparedness for the recent devastating floods has passed,” Ms Crozier said.
“Thousands of Victorians have been impacted by this natural disaster. This independent inquiry will go a long way in determining whether we could be better prepared to respond to similar events in the future.”