Qld Premier confirms review of flood response

The Premier has announced there will be a review of Queensland’s response to the deadly flood event that swept across the southeast last month.

Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed to state parliament on Tuesday that the independent review will be undertaken by Inspector-General Emergency Management, Alistair Dawson.

“The terms of reference include dam management and emergency alerts,” she said.


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“It is expected it will also include public submissions.

“I welcome this review. It is how we continually improve so that we can serve and protect the people of this state better

“It is why Queensland has one of the world’s best disaster management systems in the world.”

Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said that during his tenure as Inspector-General, Mr Dawson had delivered several key reviews to government including the 2019-20 Queensland Bushfires Review and the K’Gari (Fraser Island) Bushfire Review.

“Whenever there is a major natural disaster like the devastating flooding event we have just witnessed in south-east Queensland, we will call upon the Inspector-General to conduct an independent review,” Minister Ryan said.

“The Inspector General will examine the response to the floods and look for any lessons that can be learned or improvements that can be made,” he said.

“The review will examine the timing and effectiveness of emergency alerts and will assess cooperation between all agencies at a local, state and national level

“The review team will also assess other issues like measures taken to manage dam operations and to protect life and property.

“The unfortunate reality is that Queensland is the nation’s most disaster-prone state, and while we get a lot of practice responding to these kinds of events, we are always looking to see if we can do things better.”

As part of the independent review, the Inspector-General Emergency Management will be inviting submissions from the public and will host some public forums.