Lindsay Matterson, Stuart Ferguson, Janelle Saffin, Robert McClelland and Bruce Lyons launching the flood manual.
Lindsay Matterson, Stuart Ferguson, Janelle Saffin, Robert McClelland and Bruce Lyons launching the flood manual.

Flood manuals launched

Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland was in Lismore on Friday to launch four new flood management manuals, one of which has Lismore on the cover.

Former deputy director of the SES Chas Keys said with the current climate of drought and bushfires, floods were in danger of being “the forgotten natural disaster”.

“Floods remain the most dollar-costly hazard in Australia,” Mr Keys said. “But they're also the most manageable. It's not automatic and it has to be early warning.

“The tools for flood management need to be taken seriously. There is much still to be done to get these manuals in the field to the places where they need to be.

“It is essential these manuals are known about and used.”

Mr McClelland said the government would support any initiative that improved community resilience.

“It's appropriate to launch these manuals here in Lismore, given your recent flood experience,” Mr McClelland said.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said Lismore City Council should be congratulated on its system of warnings.

“We're likely to see an increase in flood events with the added fact of climate change,” Ms Saffin said. “We need to be prepared and that takes co-operation from all levels of government.

“Part of the concept of resilience comes from looking at what you can prevent next time, so the community isn't as affected by natural disasters in the first place.”


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