Learning vital for the next floods
THE REVIEW into the 2016 floods in north west Tasmania was delivered last month and Tasmania Farmers and Graziers Association President, Wayne Johnston, says it is clear that better early warning systems for impending flood events and better communication is required.
“While communities were able to pull themselves together after events, we need to ensure that they are able to work effectively with all levels of Government so that we don’t have a repeat of last year’s devastating losses,” Mr Johnston said.
“Climate modelling recently undertaken by the CSIRO shows that over the next 15 years we are more likely than not to regularly experience these types of significant rainfall events.
“In other words, flood events are going to be more common than they have been in the past. As a result, as a State we are going to be facing ever-increasing challenges caused by these climatic changes.”
Mr Johnston said questions around whether current infrastructure is adequate enough to cope with these events need to be answered quickly.
“The review and its recommendations have to receive the upmost priority. We don’t want to be caught short if we face a similar event in the next 12 months.”
Mr Johnston said the TFGA noted a statement in the review that cloud seeding on the day in question had not increased precipitation, and that this had been scientifically verified.
“Taking this at face value, and there is no reason why we wouldn’t, it backs the TFGA’s long-held contention that cloud seeding is of no benefit to the state, and indeed has a negative economic impact on many farmers.
“As a result of this statement the TFGA will be continuing to advocate strongly to the Minister for Energy Matthew Groom, and Hydro that there should be no further cloud seeding operations undertaken in Tasmania.”