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On 12 October 2016 Mr Mike Blake was appointed as the Review Lead Investigator to coordinate the Independent Government Review Team tasked with undertaking a strategic review of the June floods which affected many Tasmanian communities and businesses. The Review also has regard to the July floods in Huonville.
The team is supported by Mr Paul Considine, an emergency services expert working as Manager of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre in Melbourne and Inspector Brian Edmonds who is seconded from Tasmania Police.
It is anticipated that the project would take at least 8 months and would cost $400K, the cost of which would be met by Government. The budget is expected to account for remuneration of the Review Team, rent, travel and associated costs, secretariat provisions and administrative/governance arrangements.
The Review called for public and private submissions which was advertised in each regional newspaper in Tasmania in October 2016. Over 50 submissions were received to date from affected home owners, farmers, Government Agencies and various Non-Government Organisations.
The Review Team conducted a number of face-to-face interviews with Emergency Management responders, affected Councils and Government Agencies contributing to response and recovery activities. Interviews focussed on the Review’s terms of reference. In addition, in December 2016 the Review Team toured some of the affected areas in the North and Northwest of Tasmania where damaged roads, bridges and farmland are still very evident.
The review report was presented to Government in June 2017.
Brian Edmonds (Staff Officer)
ph: (03) 61 664324