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Tasmania's Biggest Flood Since 1929

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Tags: Launceston, Floods, Agriculture, Farmers, Dairy Industry, Drought

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           that the heavy rainfall in parts of Tasmania, especially the North, North West and the Upper Derwent resulted in loss of life, both human and animal;

(b)           that the Tasmanian community is very grateful for the efficiency and commitment of the police, the SES and that the voice of Mahri Revie became a voice of an organisation in control of a situation largely out of control;

(c)           that Launceston clearly had a near miss, with floods in both the North and South Esk Rivers with the flood levies having only been completed in 2015;

(d)           that the people of Launceston thank the City of Launceston, as well as previous Federal and State Governments for their role in funding the Flood Authority and newly appointed Order of Australia recipient, Alan Birchmore, for his role in overseeing the project;

(e)           that the City of Launceston takes very seriously its role in protecting  those living on the Invermay flood plain and that flood levies around the North Esk River are now under consideration; and

(f)            that the great loss of farm animals compounds an already impossible year for many with drought, fire and the retrospective cut in milk prices taking a toll on dairy farmers, and that the industry cannot take many more shocks.

(2)           Thanks the City of Launceston employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to staff the evacuation centres and keep people comfortable during a very stressful time.