Report of the independent review into the Tasmanian floods of June and July 2016

Shared responsibility, resilience and adaptation
Disasters Emergency services Floods Tasmania
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This report, from the Department of Premier and Cabinet of the Tasmanian State Government, is the result of the decision to undertake a strategic review into the Tasmanian Floods of June and July 2016 that affected many Tasmanian communities and businesses.

The report provides recommendations on the review's Terms of Reference which considered all aspects of the flood event; acknowledging the range of individual and agency inquiries and/or reviews already addressing many of these issues. The Review was to build upon and complement existing learnings, and report on the following matters:

1. The effectiveness of the strategies, preparedness and plans related to managing flood risk in Tasmania that were in place prior to the June 2016 floods occurring; including existing and potential levee systems.

2. Community preparation, resilience and awareness, including awareness of insurance matters, relating to major flood events in Tasmania.

3. The causes of the floods which were active in Tasmania over the period 4 - 7 June 2016 including cloud seeding, statewide water storage management and debris management.

4. The use and efficacy of forecasting, community alerts, warnings and public information by authorities in responding to flood events.

5. The effectiveness of transition from response to recovery in the week following the June floods; including capacity and priorities for infrastructure repair, and immediate assistance payments.

6. Consideration of the detrimental environmental effects of the flooding upon the landscape, and what effective mitigation measures may be necessary to avoid similar events.

7. Any other matters relevant to the Terms of Reference.

8. The Huonville flood event on 15 July 2016.

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