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Government’s inaction on flood precautions becoming clearer

  • Ferguson confirms work only now just beginning a year after flood report delivered
  • Government has sat on crucial recommendations
  • Hodgman needs to be honest about whether lack of action hampered response

Premier Will Hodgman needs to explain why the important flood mitigation measures recommended by a report a year ago have not been fully implemented.

Shadow Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Shane Broad said there was no evidence the 24 recommendations of a report by former Auditor-General Mike Blake delivered last year into Tasmania’s 2016 floods had been acted on.

“In fact this morning the Emergency Management Minister Michael Ferguson has admitted some important initiatives like flood mapping have not been started, won’t be undertaken until the end of this year and will then take up to three years to complete,” Dr Broad said.

“Mr Ferguson also confirmed the government did not even consider the report and its recommendations until late 2017.

“The government has had this report since last June and since that time has not provided an update on its progress and in fact has merely acknowledged its existence when questioned about it.

“If the government has ignored a report that was delivered almost a year ago, the Premier Mr Hodgman needs to explain to Hobart businesses and households which sustained serious damage last week why it has been ignored.

“There are serious questions to answer here about whether this clear failure to act contributed to the damage and the associated costs we have witnessed over the past week.”