Learn­ing vi­tal for the next floods

Dairy News Australia - - AROUND THE REGIONS -

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.”

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