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On Tuesday 13 Sepetmber 2016 the State Government announced the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review of the flood event in June 2016.

Mr Mike Blake, former Tasmanian Auditor-General, has been appointed to head the review.

Mr Blake will be provided with expert assistance from a senior emergency services professional, a hydrologist, a reference group provided by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) of Tasmania, and a dedicated staff officer provided by the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management. 

The review will consider all aspects of the flood event; noting it is important to acknowledge that a range of individual and agency inquiries and/or reviews are addressing many of these issues and they should not be considered in isolation.

The independent review will build upon and complement existing learnings and report on the following matters:

  • 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.
  • Community preparation, resilience and awareness, including awareness of insurance matters, relating to major flood events in Tasmania.
  • The causes of the floods which were active in Tasmania over the period 4 – 7 June 2016 including cloud-seeding, State-wide water storage management and debris management.
  • The use and efficacy of forecasting, community alerts, warnings and public information by authorities in responding to flood events.
  • 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.
  • Consideration of the detrimental environmental effects of the flooding upon the landscape, and what effective mitigation measures may be necessary to avoid similar events.
  • And any other matters relevant to the terms of reference.

The Review is to report by 01 June 2017.